A very quiet day with just small numbers of birds in the bushes and very little in the way of offshore movement.
The highlights on the land were three Swallows, a Ring Ouzel, two Firecrests, a Rock Pipit, 12 Bramblings, 40 Redpolls, 540 Goldfinches and 65 Siskins while the best of the little bit at sea were an adult Pomarine Skua and 47 Mediterranean Gulls along with 16 Sandwich Terns were lingering offshore.
Two Porpoises were also seen.
Last night and this morning we had a visit from Neil McCarthy from BBC Radio 4 who was recording a piece about Dungeness at night and including a thread about moths and moth trapping at the Observatory.
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Corona Virus Update
We are very pleased to be planning on opening the Observatory to visitors with numbers being limited because of shared facilities. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we will be requesting that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT' from May 18th. However, The 'Rule of 6' applies and face coverings are still mandatory in the hides. Sanitiser and spray will be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
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