With calm conditions for a change there was a decent arrival of migrants on the land with 90 Willow Warblers and 60 Whitethroats providing the bulk of the numbers along with a Garden Warbler, ten Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Reed Warblers and a Wheatear. A couple of Marsh Harriers also flew over and the family of Peregrine Falcons were giving a show during the morning.
The sea was quiet except for a steady flow of Gannets and a trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns.
A Rest Harrow was an unexpected capture in the moth trap along with seven Dark Swordgrass. Three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also noted.
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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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