I didn't do much in the Observatory area today but at least one of the Iceland Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull were still at the Patch and a colour-ringed first-winter Caspian Gull was seen at the fishing boats in the afternoon. A Great Skua flew east in the morning and a Grey Wagtail was feeding at the sewage treatment unit inside the power station.
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Elsewhere around Dungeness the Ring-necked Duck was showing at Cooke's Pool on the RSPB Reserve and Slavonian Grebes were seen on New Diggings and at Lade. Scotney continues to be very productive with six Pink-footed and four Tundra Bean Geese, a Black-necked Grebe and also two Lapland Buntings showing along the track behind the farm. There was also an arrival of Goosanders with up to 11 being seen together on ARC and on other pits at various times during the day.
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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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