After a quiet early morning things began to move through offshore in decent numbers from mid-morning with final totals of six Red-breasted Mergansers, one Manx Shearwater, four Grey Plovers, 432 Bar-tailed Godwits, ten Whimbrels, two Pomarine Skuas, nine Arctic Skuas, 12 Great Skuas, seven Little Terns, two Black Terns and 2400 Common Terns.
Grounded migrants included 12 Blackcaps whilst eight Yellow Wagtails and 16 Goldfinches flew over. .
At least five Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Grizzled Skipper was found in the Desert and a few Small Coppers were also seen.
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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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