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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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17th Apr

With the Coronavirus Lockdown in full force here it is perfectly possible for us to go all day without coming into "contact" with another person and whilst we are not actively engaged in any ringing activites it does mean we are able to carry out some more general recording in isolation.  

With a return to strong NE winds today's efforts were almost entirely shore-based where 6.5hrs of observations produced some excellent totals. Of note were a Pintail, nine Eiders, four Velvet Scoters, 1007 Common Scoters, (mostly in the morning), a Black-throated Diver, two Manx Shearwaters, 272 Whimbrel, (mainly in the afternoon), 764 Bar-tailed Godwits (again in the afternoon), 106 Little Gulls (mostly morning), 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 229 Sandwich Terns, 426 Common/commic Terns and four Arctic Skuas.Three Black Terns, seven Little Terns and 47 Arctic Terns were also of note and new for the year. A Merlin was also seen.

Eiders Somateria mollissima   Dungeness   17th April 2020
Whilst most birds were passing at some distance this group of Eider
were sufficiently close to attempt a few photos.
The "nocmig" recorder was deployed again last night and whilst very few calls were heard they did include those of Teal, Golden Plover, Redshank, Common Sandpiper (first of the year) and two Song Thrush.

Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and four Brown Hares were seen on the land.