The highlight of the day was a Honey Buzzard which came in from the east this afternoon whilst an Arctic Skua and nine Mediterranean Gulls passed through on the sea. Due to the planned outage at the power station the Patch is now an intermittent feature at best and today there was no sign of it all. There were just a few gulls present on the beach including single juvenile Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls wondering where it had gone.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.
Despite another large catch of moths there was not a great deal of unusual stuff with the best being an Engrailed, a Buff Arches and a Southern Wainscot.
Elsewhere, the now regular summer movement of Great White Egrets is occurring with possibly up to five birds scattered across 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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