A dull and murky start and then rain from 1000hrs and for the rest of the day. The main feature of the day was a big early morning movement of birds overhead including 7000 Swallows, 1500 House Martins, 14 House Sparrows, 118 alba Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, 810 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 1350 Linnets, 450 Goldfinches, 32 Siskins and 47 Reed Buntings. There were very few grounded migrants with just 12 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps and seven Wheatears of interest.
Good numbers of Gannets and Sandwich Terns continued to move west and an adult Pomarine Skua was of note. The six regular Arctic Skuas were still harassing terns throughout the day and a Great Skua, an Arctic Tern and a Mediterranean Gull were also seen.
Six Porpoises, a Grey Seal and two Brown Hares were seen.
Three Delicates were trapped overnight.
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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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