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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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10th Apr

There were a few more summer migrants in the area this morning although most were probably local breeding birds. Of note were a Buzzard, a Snipe, a party of four Water Pipits, at least nine Crossbills flew over and the first Reed Warblers singing in the reedbed. The obvious highlight of the day though was a Black Kite which was first seen at ARC and eventually appeared over the observatory. It even spent some time perched on overhead lines and on the ground. The sea was very quiet with the early watch producing just two Shovelers, two Red-breasted Mergansers,  four Mediterranean Gulls and 56 Sandwich Terns of interest.

Black Kite Milvus migrans   Dungeness   10th April 2020
Insects continue to provide some good records with a Brimstone butterfly (always scarce in the area) and another female Nomada zonata bee.

Brimstone Gonopteryx rhamni   Dungeness   10th April 2020

Nomada zonata    Dungeness   10th April 2020