The highlight of the day for a handful of fortunate observers was a Kentish Plover which landed briefly on the beach at the fishing boats this afternoon before heading off west. This is only the third modern-day Observatory record (since 1952) with the previous record being on Aug.1st 1969.
Seawatching also provided most of the other interest during the day with 13.5 hours of watching producing two Garganey, two Tufted Duck, 644 Common Scoters, three Black-throated Divers, 21 Whimbrel, one Little Gull, 16 Little Terns, over 2200 "Commic" Terns, 16 Black Terns, six Great Skuas, a Pomarine Skua and eight Arctic Skuas.
Very quiet on the land although a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and a party of 18 Corn Buntings near the Sanctuary were noteworthy.
Seventeen Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and four Brown Hares were seen on the land.
Three Grizzled Skippers were of note among a few butterflies seen.
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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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