Yet another day with barely a migrant on the land but an early morning trickle of birds offshore. The highlights of the seawatching were a Manx Shearwater, three Avocets, 21 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, eight Mediterranean Gulls and three each of both Great and Arctic Skuas. Five Buzzards, three Sand Martins, 33 Swallows, three Song Thrushes and a Yellow Wagtail were the best on offer on the land.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
A Brimstone butterfly was of note in the trapping area.
The morning seawatch was also unusual as it provided the sobering sight of a small inflatable boat about two miles offshore which slowly came in towards the beach. Once it had come to within 200m or so of the beach it was intercepted by the Border Patrol and the 13 occupants were carefully transferred to safety. It must have been a pretty frightening night for them as they came through the busy shipping lanes, fully laden and with only a few inches of freeboard to spare. It makes me wonder what they are fleeing from or think they are coming to that it is worth the huge risk involved even with the problems that we are currently facing.
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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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