Yet another windy day with plenty of effort but not much to show for it. Over six hours of seawatching produced five Balearic Shearwaters, over 600 Gannets, four Arctic Skuas and a steady trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns. Very quiet on the land with just four Willow Warblers and the juvenile Redstart first seen on 27th of interest.
Four Porpoises were seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
One Small Red-eyed Damselfly and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen.
Further to yesterdays sighting of a colour-ringed Great White Egret it has now been confirmed that this bird was ringed as a female nestling at Ham Wall, Somerset on 28th May and is a sibling to the male currently residing at Sandwich Bay. It is believed to have fledged sometime between the 10th and 13th July.
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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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