Another morning with decent numbers of migrants to be seen, The most numerous species were 50 Chiffchaffs, nine Blackcaps and 40 Goldcrests and less usual birds included a Ring Ouzel and two Fieldfares. A Wheatear was also seen near the New Lighthouse and a Tree Sparrow was in the Old Lighthouse Garden. Visible migrant was also fairly good with 17 Skylarks, 1600 Starlings, four Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, 23 Bramblings, 50 Lesser Redpolls, three Crossbills, 100 Siskin and 20 Reed Buntings.
The main feature for seawatchers was the continuing presence of huge numbers of Mediterranean Gulls offshore and a new record day count of 2050 birds. A Great Skua was also hunting them down. Actual passage though was almost non-existent.
At least six Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Clouded Yellow was seen 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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