Very quiet on the land with barely a migrant to be seen although a Kingfisher flew around the trapping area and just two Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit of any interest.
The sea was also very quiet in the morning but as the wind and rain increased this afternoon there was a distinct increase in offshore passage with 12 Arctic Skuas, three Black Terns, 842 Sandwich Terns and 336 Common Terns.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore again.
Two Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets were found this evening despite the less than ideal weather conditions. Plenty of Tree Crickets were also still present.
Elsewhere, a Cattle Egret appeared on the RSPB Reserve and went on to roost at ARC but of more interest was a Red-necked Phalaarope which was also found on the water at the southern end of the ARC Pit.
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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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