A calm and cloudy, occasionally wet, morning brought a decent movement overhead but very few birds in the bushes.Of note were six Yellow Wagtails, nine Grey Wagtails, 420 Meadow Pipits and 65 Reed Bunting but the best the bushes could offer was just six Wheatears and 12 Chiffchaffs.
One Arctic Skua on the sea was the only bird of note here.
A Glossy Ibis was found on the RSPB Reserve in mid-afternoon but was then not seen again until 1810hrs when it flew out of its ditch and circled around the rest of the Reserve. At least seven Great White Egrets and the Cattle Egret were still in the area.
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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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