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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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18th Feb

The juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen on the morning seawatch and again from 1650hrs when it flew in and landed on the sea at the fishing boats and then drifted on the wind and tide into Lade Bay. Nine Mediterranean Gulls and two Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen and a flock of 55 Brent Geese flew east. A flock of 45 Turnstones were feeding on the beach.
A check of the feeders produced five Long-tailed Tits.
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus   Dungeness   18th February 2020

Busy feeders at Dungeness   18th February 2020
A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

There are literally tens of thousands (quite possibly into six figures) of gulls feeding on the dead shellfish washed up on the exposed sand and mud at Lade. These are then displaced as the tide comes in and gather off the Point to continue feeding.

A very small part of the gulls feeding on Lsde Sands.
Note the white line across the middle of the lower image is made up of gulls.