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Corona Virus Update

We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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8th Apr

A dank, misty morning produced a pretty decent arrival of migrants in the bushes with seven Willow Warblers, 20 Chiffchaffs, 14 Blackcaps, at least two Ring Ouzels, 145 Fieldfares, 90 Redwings. 50 Song Thrushes, four Redstarts and 25 Wheatears of note.
More unusual species included three Egyptian Geese, a Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Swallows, a Mistle Thrush and a Tree Pipit but the highlight of the day appeared at around 1400hrs when a White Stork made a several circuits of the Point before disappearing north along the coast.

White Stork Ciconia ciconia   Dungeness   8th April 2019    (David Walker)
In addition we had a sound recorder out last night and among the numerous Redwing calls were several Coots, Fieldfares and Song Thrushes and what sounds to me like a Common Crane at 2218hrs. Presumably the bird from Dengemarsh doing a nocturnal fly-by. (Click here to listen.)

At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.

It was the first suitable night for running the moth trap for some time and the small catch included a Streamer and out first Ethmmia bipunctella of the year.