All the interest today was offshore again with over 13 hours of seawatching. The excellent movement of Storm Petrels continued with 40 birds being seen along with 38 Manx Shearwaters, 87 Fulmars, 1155 Gannets, two Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, 120 Kittiwakes and 118 Sandwich Terns. A first-summer Mediterranean Gull was also feeding offshore.
To put the movement of Storm Petrels into perspective there is only one other similar occurrence in the Observatory's history. This occurred in similar weather conditions between May 21st and 28th 2006 when a total of 411 birds were seen and with a highest day count of 133 birds on May 24th and were also the first spring records of this species.
Three Grey Seals and two Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
The first Small Skippers of the summer were seen.
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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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