Rain in the early hours grounded a few migrants in the morning including 40 Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, two Whinchats and six Wheatears whilst a decent overhead passage involved 20 Sand Martins, 1000 Swallows, six Tree Sparrows, a Tree Pipit, 20 Goldfinches, four Siskins and 40 Reed Buntings.
Several seawatches during the day eventually produced two Sooty Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua, two Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas and large numbers of feeding Gannets and Sandwich Terns.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Vestal was the only notable moth trapped overnight.
Elsewhere, two Glossy Ibis and the Cattle Egret were feeding in the fields alongside the entrance track on the RSPB Reserve.
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Corona Virus Update
We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
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