Most of the interest was offshore today. A Cattle Egret flying east was the bird of the day but was only seen by one observer whilst over 12 hrs of seawatching eventually produced 927 Common Scoters, a Long-tailed Duck, ten Black-throated Divers, a Little Egret, 12 Grey Plovers, 47 Sanderlings, 23 Whimbrels, 15 Pomarine Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas, six Little Terns, seven Black Terns and 516 Common Terns. A Long-tailed Skua which had been tracked along the south coast failed to show at Dungeness.
The Iceland Gull was seen at the Patch again.
The only birds of interest on the land were seven Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.
Butterflies seen during the day included two Brown Argus.
At least eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
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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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