The first significant rain for some time probably came too late in the day to produce a large fall of migrants but a scattering of birds in the bushes included singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat whilst birds passing overhead included two Marsh Harriers, an Osprey, four Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and the first Siskin of the autumn.
Over four hours of seawatching produced two Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Arctic Skuas, a juvenile Pomarine Skua and singles of Great Skua and Black Tern of note. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were also roosting on the beach.
Six Porpoises were seen.
Migrant moths trapped overnight included another Convolvulus Hawkmoth along with a Gem and a Vestal.
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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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