Still quite wintry but with less wind today there was a very small arrival of migrants on the land. A Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and three Swifts and a Tree Pipit overhead were all new species for the year whilst single Redstart and Whinchat, two Ring Ouzels and 15 Yellow Wagtails were of interest.
The sea was very quiet with just two Arctic Skuas of note.
A Stoat was seen transporting its young from one burrow to another, presumably after being disturbed from its original burrow site. Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Green-veined White butterfly was the first of the year.
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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.
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