Another day of mainly seawatching in breezy conditions. Almost nine hours of coverage produced 770 Gannets, three Arctic Skuas, 14 Black Terns (inc a flock of 12 birds), 873 Sandwich Terns, 1180 Common Terns, 88 Kittiwakes and two Mediterranean Gulls moving west.
On the land, a Sedge Warbler was seen in the moat, a male White Wagtail was seen at West Beach and 215 Sand Martins flew through. In the evening a Green and a Common Sandpiper flew over.
A Grey Seal and four Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A torchlight search this evening produced two adult Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and over 30 Tree Crickets.
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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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