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Corona Virus Update

We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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7th Sept

In the end it was a day with a fairly decent tally of commoner migrants but nothing in any great numbers until mid-afternoon when large numbers of Swallows began departing to the south-east. Of note among the grounded migrants were the first two Firecrests of the autumn, nine Blackcaps, eight Lesser Whitethroats, six Spotted Flycatchers, two Redstarts, ten Whinchats and two Pied Flycaychers. Overhead migrants included a flock of seven Common Buzzards, 45 Yellow Wagtails, six Grey Wagtails and two Tree Pipits.  A Little Owl was also heard in the Desert.
There were four Arctic Skuas and a Black Tern feeding offshore where a Common Sandpiper flew west..

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus   Dungeness   7th September 2016
In flat calm conditions this morning an excellent count of at least 32 Porpoises was made and a Grey Seal was also seen.

An early evening check produced two Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets and lots of Tree Crickets singing.

Despite an excellent catch of moths in terms of numbers it was actually fairly low on unusual species with the best being another Gem