A few more migrants around this morning. A total of 12 Chiffchaffs were recorded today along with six Wheatear, six Firecrest, five Black Redstarts, two Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler. A Ring Ouzel was recorded by the New Lighthouse, a Crossbill was seen in the trapping area and a Little Egret passed north over the area this morning.
The sea was very productive today with a total of 1006 Common Scoter, a single Velvet Scoter, 678 Brent Geese, 26 Wigeon, 17 Red-throated Meganser, 16 Garganey, six Teal and four Shelduck. A single Black-throated Diver was seen with 42 Red-throated Divers. 132 Sandwich terns moved east along with 21 Little Gulls.
Three Brown Hares were seen on the Estate and at least 15 Porpoise were present on the sea.
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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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