A few migrants on the land included a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 120 Sand Martins, five Willow Warblers, two Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. The sea was extremely quiet although six Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull were feeding at the Patch.
A cooler night saw a reduced catch of moths but they did include a nice Black Arches.
Some "late" news concerns a small, black bee which I caught on Friday 17th and posted on here as Plain Dark Bee Stelis phaeoptera. It now transpires that this bee was actually a different species of Stelis, namely odontopyga, and is only the third British record. (Note they are extremely similar under field conditions!! and thanks to Grant Hazlehurst for the id).
Elsewhere, the Black-winged Stilt remains in residence at the ARC Pit.
At Dungeness Bird Observatory we take security of your data very seriously. The data we hold is kept securely on a password protected device and we never pass on any information to a third party. For more information please read our Data Policy available here.
Corona Virus Update
We are very pleased to be planning on opening the Observatory to visitors with numbers being limited because of shared facilities. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we will be requesting that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT' from May 18th. However, The 'Rule of 6' applies and face coverings are still mandatory in the hides. Sanitiser and spray will be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
Please forward any Dungeness recording area records to the Warden.
You can still support the Obs by using Give as you Live or Amazon Smile when shopping online.
Thank You for your understanding in these difficult times.