Although the gale force winds overnight had dropped a bit by the morning it remained a difficult day for recording. The only birds of note on the land were two Firecrests in the moat and a trickle of Goldfinches passing overhead. The sea was well covered but even here there was very little movement with the best birds being 132 Brent Geese, two Pintails, an Eider, five Red-breasted Merganser, a breeding plumaged Black-throated Diver, 500 Gannets, 13 Golden Plovers, three Arctic Skuas, 66 Sandwich Terns and singles of Common and Arctic Tern and Mediterranean Gull.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore and a Badger and a Brown Hare were seen on the land.
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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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