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
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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