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Corona Virus Update

We are very pleased to be planning on opening the Observatory to visitors with numbers being limited because of shared facilities. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we will be requesting that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT' from May 18th. However, The 'Rule of 6' applies and face coverings are still mandatory in the hides. Sanitiser and spray will be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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3rd Nov

The day started with a spectacular sunrise and a fairly hard frost which gave way to a bright, sunny and virtually windless day.

The land seemed almost devoid of birds but a small catch of redpolls in the morning consisted of five Lessers and two of the much scarcer Common Redpoll (one of which is shown below.) A Woodcock was also flushed from the moat. The Dartford Warbler and Ring Ouzel were also seen again.


Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea   Dungeness   3rd November 2016
Given the calm conditions it was something of a surprise to find that the sea was really the place to be. Six hours of watching produced a Light-bellied Brent Geese, a Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver, nine Sooty Shearwaters (all heading east in the afternoon), a Great Skua, 35 Mediterranean and five Little Gulls feeding offshore and three Little Auks amongst nearly 3000 Razorbill/Guillemot of note.

Five Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the land.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was feeding in the moat.

A Cattle Egret (re)appeared near Boulderwall Farm on the RSPB Reserve in the afternoon and a Goshawk was seen at Dengemarsh during the morning.