A Balearic Shearwater, 23 Mediterranean Gulls, 858 Sandwich Terns, three Great Skuas and 22 Arctic Skuas were seen during four hours of watching during the day.
A check of the bushes produced the bird of the day in the form of a Treecreeper at the Long Pits along with 31 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, five Firecrests, nine Goldcrests and five Wheatears. A few hirundines, a Yellow Wagtail, five Grey Wagtails, two Tree Pipits and 13 Reed Buntings passed overhead. A Pheasant was also seen.
Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Three Delicates were the highlight of a small overnight catch of moths.
An evening search for crickets produced good numbers of Tree Crickets still singing but no sign of any Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets.
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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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