Small numbers of migrants were found on the land today with six Firecrests, 27 Goldcrests, six Black Redstarts and a Ring Ouzel of note. Overhead passage picked up slightly with a steady trickle of birds throughout the morning and including 58 Skylarks, a couple of Swallows, 1700 Starlings, two Grey Wagtails, three Rock Pipits, 90 Chaffinches, eight Bramblings, 500 Goldfinches, 32 Siskins, 60 Redpolls, 13 Reed Buntings and (sadly) perhaps the bird of the day in the form of a Yellowhammer.
In addition, a party of three "Bean" Geese first seen on the RSPB Reserve departed there and flew out east over the observatory recording area.
A Scarce Bordered Straw was the first reasonable migrant moth to be caught for some time.
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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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