Another morning of heavy finch movement but this time dominated by Goldfinches with a total of 7,300 birds counted and quality in the form of two Hawfinches (at last). Other significant counts included a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, ten Bramblings, ten Redpolls and 59 Siskins. Despite large numbers of thrushes calling during the hours of darkness grounded migrants remained scarce during the day with just six Firecrests, two "Continental" Coal Tits, 24 Song Thrushes, a Fieldfare and two Wheatears of note.
Seawatching was dominated by Gannets with over 1300 and Mediterranean Gulls with 110 birds being seen while less regular sightings included 11 Wigeon, a Pintail, a party of five Pochards, a Sooty Shearwater, 41 Dunlin, four Arctic Skuas, 44 Sandwich Terns, 37 Kittiwakes and a Little Gull.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshoire.
There was a decent catch of migrant moths overnight with a Gem, three Vestals and five Udea ferrugalis of note. Of greater note was a Crimson Speckled moth photographed by staff on a window of a Portakabin inside the "A" Station complex.
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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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