With the light north-easterly wind continuing there was very little to be seen on the land but the offshore passage continues. Almost 14 hours of watching produced four Shovelers, two Black-throated Divers, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 26 Grey Plovers, 465 Whimbrel, 647 Bar-tailed Godwits, 26 Knot, 65 Sanderling, three Mediterranean Gulls, 785 Sandwich Terns, 16 Little Terns, 932 Arctic Terns, a Black Tern, two Great Skuas, 16 Pomarine Skuas (inc flocks of five at 1138hrs and six at 1901hrs) and 22 Arctic Skuas. A Little Egret also flew east.
Six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen on the land.
Butterflies numbers are slowly increasing with six Grizzled Skippers and 50 Small Coppers of note.
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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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