Most of the days interest was offshore where 4.5 hrs of watching this morning produced 25 Wigeon, nine Teal, a Pintail, three Great Northern Divers, 22 Red-throated Divers, singles of Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, four Great Skuas, 67 Mediterranean Gulls, around 800 Auks sp, and three Little Auks.
Very quiet on the land with just four Rock Pipits and 20 Redpolls overhead and six Chiffchaffs in the trapping area.
Three Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
The RSPB continues to support up to 16 Great White Egrets and the Cattle Egret returned with its bovine friends to the fields at Boulderwall Farm. Reasonable numbers of gulls have been roosting on Burrowes and this evening they included seven Caspian Gulls of various ages. A red-head Goosander is also present here and two Jack Snipe can be seen from Firth Hide.
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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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