The day started very slowly but after a couple of hours migrants suddenly started appearing all over the place. As would be expected the numbers were dominated by Willow Warblers with about 140 birds but some scarcer birds included a singing Wood Warbler at the Long Pits and at least one Grasshopper Warbler singing in the trapping area. Our first three Garden Warblers and four Whinchats of the year were also noteworthy along with nine Blackcaps, eight Redstarts, 45 Wheatears (many of them "greenlands") and 12 Chiffchaffs.
Seawatching was generally very quiet but a Black-throated Diver and three Great Skuas passed through and the first-winter Iceland Gull was feeding at the Patch again where a Little Egret was also seen.
A Grizzled Skipper, two Brown Hares and a Grey Seal were also seen.
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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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