Seawatching produced a surprise today with a very early Leach's Petrel west this afternoon. 540 Sandwich Terns also passed west during the day and ten Arctic Skuas passed west during the morning and five more birds were lingering in the afternoon along with an Eider. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was with a small flock of gulls roosting on the beach.
There was a good scatter of migrants in the bushes in the morning with 40 Willow Warblers, four Blackcaps, two Garden Warblers, ten Lesser Whitethroats, 60 Whitethroats and six Wheatears whilst 17 Yellow Wagtails flew over.
Eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.
The resident Red-eared Terrapin was seen in the southern Long Pit this afternoon.
Butterflies included two Clouded Yellows and four Brown Argus and nine Hummingbird Hawkmoths 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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