The wind backed into the north-east overnight and sea passage was predictably much reduced. The best of five hours of watching produced nine Shoveler, five Teal, a Velvet and 251 Common Scoters, a Black-throated Diver, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, a Little Gull and 512 Sandwich Terns of note.
There was a small increase in the number of migrants on the land and included a Sand Martin, 10 Willow Warblers, 23 Chiffchaffs, seven Blackcaps and a Siskin.
The Crane continues to be seen in fields at Dengemarsh and the Red-necked Grebe was still on Burrowes Pit. The three Cattle Egrets were still being seen at Cockles Bridge.
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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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