With the wind finally dropping during the day there was a bit more to be seen in the bushes but the sea passage almost came to a halt.
Two Yellow-browed Warblers were found, one in the trapping area and one in the Lighthouse Garden, and so may have been the same individuals as seen a few days ago. Clearly fresh in were 12 Ring Ouzels and numbers of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs increased along with five Firecrests. Overhead, a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 90 Siskins and 18 Reed Bunting were of note.
Around mid-morning a very large, sandy looking falcon flew across the Point with a Peregrine Falcon in hot pursuit. It was thought to be a Saker with the proviso that on the views a hybrid falconers bird could not be totally ruled out.
Five Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and just one Arctic Skua was seen.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere, the fields along the access track to the RSPB Reserve still hold the Cattle Egret and two Glossy Ibis and the goose flock contained a few White-fronted Geese. Up to 12 Great White Egrets can be seen in the general area with most of them at the western end of ARC. An Osprey and a female Hen Harrier have also be seen on the Reserve and a Garganey still lingers with the Coot on the first lake just south of Boulderwall. Two Little Stints have been showing all week on Burrowes 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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