Birds were fairly few and far between in the bushes but there was a bit of movement overhead including 400 Swallows, two Yellow Wagtails, five Grey Wagtails, 300 Meadow Pipits, 35 Goldfinches and four Reed Buntings.
Most of the interest was offshore where there was a good variety of birds seen with 21 Wigeon, 22 Teal, two Pintail, four Eider, a Black-necked Grebe, 32 Arctic Skuas, 26 Great Skuas, a Little Tern and a Mediterranean Gull of note and numbers provided by 160 Brent Geese, 175 Common Scoters, 40 Gannets, 35 Dunlin and 237 Sandwich Terns.
At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
Small numbers of butterflies were on the wing and included two Clouded Yellows and a Brown Argus.
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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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