The year ended with a fly-by first-winter Glaucous Gull this afternoon along with three first-winter Caspian Gulls visiting the puddles and offerings at the fishing boats. Seawatching earlier in the day produced a few Red-throated Divers, at least two Great Skuas, a Mediterranean Gull and a few Kittiwakes.
Birding around the general area continues to be very good. The Stonechat identified as a Stejneger's from DNA was showing around the Kerton Road area but was occasionally wandering into private areas of land so please take care when looking for this interesting bird. The drake Ring-necked Duck continues to show very well on Cooke's Pit as does the Long-eared Owl behind the Dipping Pond, The occasional Great White Egret can be seen around the RSPB Reserve but higher numbers come into the evening roost at ARC. Two Bewick's Swans came onto New Diggings in the early afternoon in addition to the 29 birds feeding at Horse Bones Farm on Romney Marsh.
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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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