A change in the weather this morning with a cold North east breeze blowing from first light. Very little was recorded on the land with only three Chiffchaffs, two Wheatear and a Blackcap of note, a Ring Ouzel was also photographed by the Lifeboat Station.
The sea fared much better with a steady stream of waterfowl throughout the day. A total of 609 Brent Geese, 579 Common Scoter, six Red-breasted Mergansers, six Teal, three Shoveler, two Pintail, a Garganey, a Shelduck and a single female Eider flew west. Other species of note were two Grey Plover, two Dunlin, 73 Sandwich Terns as well as the first Common Terns of the year, with ten being noted.
A single Merlin was seen going out early this afternoon.
A Grey Seal was seen offshore, along with 13 Porpoise.
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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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