The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was trapped and a small arrival of other migrants included 25 Blackcaps, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Redstarts, four Whinchats and ten Wheatears. The trickle of birds overhead included 250 Sand Martins, 40 Tree Sparrows, four Grey Wagtails and ten Reed Buntings.
Not much to be seen offshore with the regular marauding Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua and a Black Tern of interest. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen.
Three Porpoises were seen.
A Delicate was the highlight from the moth traps and one Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen 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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