The highlight on the land was a big arrival of "Greenland" Wheatears with at least 120 birds in the area. Other migrants were generally scarce but they did include a Woodlark, seven Yellow Wagtails, a Redstart and a "continental" Coal Tit. Overhead, a Great White Egret along with 120 Swallows and seven Yellow Wagtails passed through.
After yesterdays riches the seawatching was pretty slow all day but prolonged watching eventually produced two Black-throated Diver, a very unseasonal Sooty Shearwater, two Manx Shearwaters, five each of Pomarine and Arctic Skuas and 65 Arctic Terns.
About 30 Porpoises were feeding offshore.
At least one Grizzled Skipper was seen in the trapping area and the first of the spring as was a Blue-tailed Damselfly. Several Brassica Bugs were found on the Hoary Cress in the moat.
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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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