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Corona Virus Update

We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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14th Jan

The morning seawatch produced 126 Red-throated Divers, 207 Gannets, a Pomarine Skua, two Great Skuas and a Mediterranean Gull in the first 1.5hrs and two Scaup, an Eider and a further two Great Skuas were seen later in the day. The regular first-winter Caspian Gull was seen at the fishing boats and was joined shortly before dark by a first-winter Glaucous Gull.
Nothing to report from the land.

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus   juvenile/first-winter   Dungeness   14th January 2017
Managed to get to see this bird as the light was failing badly.

The tame Grey Seal was also back on the beach

The latest twist in the "grey" Stonechat saga was also announced today. It seems there was confusion over the original test results on the faecal DNA and that this bird is now shown to be of either ssp hibernans or ssp rubicola and not a steynegeri after all.