Three Balearic Shearwaters, 15 Ringed Plovers, 35 Dunlin, 240 Sandwich Terns and five Black Terns west offshore were of note at sea.
A small arrival of birds on the land included 20 Willow Warblers, five Lesser Whitethroats, 30 Whitethroats, a Redstart and seven Yellow Wagtails.
Three Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets were seen at the south-east corner of the trapping area and the Jewel-Wasp Hedychrum nobile was feeding at the same patch of Yarrow as two days ago.
Shield-bugs recorded during the day included a Rhomboid Shield-bug Syromastes rhombeus in the large Sycamore in the trapping area and a final-stage nymph Brassica Bug Eurydema oleracea in the moat.
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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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