The day dawned with what felt like ideal conditions for an arrival of migrants on the land and a bit of movement offshore but unfortunately the birds hadn't read the script. The only migrants in the bushes of any significance were 12 Firecrests and two Spotted Flycatchers whilst birds passing overhead included 3500 Swallows, 850 House Martins, four Grey Wagtails, 900 Meadow Pipits, a Siskin and 13 Reed Buntings. The best on the sea were 199 Brent Geese, 86 Wigeon, eight Shoveler, six Arctic Skuas and two Great Skuas and three Mediterranean Gulls.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Weasel and three Brown Hares were seen on the land.
The best of the moth trapping was a Delicate.
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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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