Another odd day at Dungeness. Barely a migrant to be seen on the land with just a Spotted Flycatcher in the trapping area, a Reed Warbler in the moat and 75 Swallows and three Yellow Wagtails overhead but two notable birds in the form of a Red Kite around mid-day and another all-to-brief Bee-eater which flew south at 1555hrs but was typically seen by just one observer.
The sea continues to provide some interest despite the late date with Common Terns still moving through in large numbers and also six Manx Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua, five Mediterranean Gulls and 20 Black Terns of note.
A Common Seal, two Grey Seals and around 20 Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Several Brown Argus and Grizzled Skippers were seen.
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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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