Yet another windy day with plenty of effort but not much to show for it. Over six hours of seawatching produced five Balearic Shearwaters, over 600 Gannets, four Arctic Skuas and a steady trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns. Very quiet on the land with just four Willow Warblers and the juvenile Redstart first seen on 27th of interest.
Four Porpoises were seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
One Small Red-eyed Damselfly and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen.
Further to yesterdays sighting of a colour-ringed Great White Egret it has now been confirmed that this bird was ringed as a female nestling at Ham Wall, Somerset on 28th May and is a sibling to the male currently residing at Sandwich Bay. It is believed to have fledged sometime between the 10th and 13th July.
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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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