A damp, foggy day which provided a few notable birds but still feels lacking in the numbers of common migrants to be seen.
The best of the birds on the land was a Hawfinch which spent the morning flying around the north end of the Long Pits where a Jack Snipe was also flushed. Other unusual records included a party of six Egyptian Geese which flew west over the Observatory and our first two Ring Ouzels of the spring along with eight Firecrests, seven Willow Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, six Bramblings, a Redpoll, six Siskins and a Bullfinch. There were also a few "winter" thrushes about with 30 Fieldfares and 80 Redwings.
It was very quiet offshore with just three Shovelers and a Great Skua heading upchannel of note and the Glaucous Gull seen at the Patch again although visibility was very poor for much of the day.
A small overnight catch of moths included a Satellite.
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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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