Desperately quiet in the bushes again with barely a migrant to be seen and just two Whinchats and seven Wheatears of any interest. Overhead passage improved a bit with 70 Sand Martins, 950 Swallows, 75 Yellow Wagtails and a Corn Bunting moving SE during the day. At least 20 Swifts were flying around the Point this evening.
The sea picked up a bit in the afternoon with 14 Balearic Shearwaters (including a flock of 12) and two Black Terns and two lingering Arctic Skuas.
At least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore..
Moth trapping produced a Cypress Pug and our second Double Kidney of the year. Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen and four Clouded Yellows came in off the sea.
The Tree Crickets and Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets gave another good showing this evening with a new adult male and a new male nymph of the latter.
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Corona Virus Update
Following discussions with other Observatories and taking advice from the RSPB we are not allowed to open the hides yet to visitors as we cannot put in place the necessary protocols to keep staff and visitors safe. We will have to remain closed to overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. Day visitors are welcome to call into the garden, as long as Covid-19 protocols are observed. We are still operating our monitoring programme. Please think carefully about Social Distancing before approaching our Wardens. Please forward any Dungeness records to the Warden.
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