There was a small arrival of migrants today with a Hobby, 23 Swifts, 14 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, a Siskin and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the year. More unusual was a Great White Egret which came in off the sea at the 640Kv Converter Station and six Buzzards which also flew over. The sea was very quiet with what few there were moving west apart from one Arctic Skua.
Butterflies seen today included our first Painted Lady and Small Heath of the year along with six Grizzled Skippers.
The warmer weather also brought a few dragonflies out with first sightings of Red-eyed, Variable, Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies and also a Hairy Dragonfly.
One Geotomus sp shieldbug was found in the Moat along with a single Brassica Bug.
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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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