Desperately quiet in the bushes again with barely a migrant to be seen and just two Whinchats and seven Wheatears of any interest. Overhead passage improved a bit with 70 Sand Martins, 950 Swallows, 75 Yellow Wagtails and a Corn Bunting moving SE during the day. At least 20 Swifts were flying around the Point this evening.
The sea picked up a bit in the afternoon with 14 Balearic Shearwaters (including a flock of 12) and two Black Terns and two lingering Arctic Skuas.
At least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore..
Moth trapping produced a Cypress Pug and our second Double Kidney of the year. Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen and four Clouded Yellows came in off the sea.
The Tree Crickets and Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets gave another good showing this evening with a new adult male and a new male nymph of the latter.
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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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