Lots of birds offshore again this morning with two hours of watching producing a Shelduck, 392 Red-throated Divers, 200 Great Crested Grebes, 2500 Cormorants, 319 Kittiwakes, a Great Skua, about 3000 Guillemots and 36 Razorbills.
Coverage of the land was limited but a party of 11 White-fronted Goose flew over the area and across to the Reserve and a Firecrest appeared in the Observatory garden.
There was plenty of interest around the greater area. Of note on the Reserve were two Tundra Bean Geese at Dengemarsh, four Bewick's Swans on ARC, two drake Red-crested Pochards and a third-winter Caspian Gull on Burrowes and a drake Smew at Tanner's Pool. A male Hen Harrier was also seen on several occasions and two Short-eared Owls were seen on Lydd Ranges.
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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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