There was a small arrival of migrants on the land and overhead whilst there were few birds offshore although they seemed to be moving both up- and down-channel.
Of note in the bushes were 25 Chiffchaffs, a Spotted Flycatcher and eight Song Thrushes whilst birds passing overhead included 100 House Martins, two Grey Wagtails, around 300 Meadow Pipits, 11 Reed Buntings and a Corn Bunting.
Offshore, there were the usual lingering Arctic Skuas and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull and a few Brent Geese, Wigeon and Teal passing by.
At least ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Moth trapping was very poor although one of the previously caught Convolvulus Hawkmoths made its way back into the trap despite being released about 100m away and out of sight of the light.
Access to the Lydd Ranges was very limited today but an early morning search failed to relocate yesterdays Pallid Harrier. Two Spoonbills were seen at Scotney and the Cattle Egret and at least five Great White Egrets were seen n the RSPB Reserve.
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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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