Another morning of heavy finch movement but this time dominated by Goldfinches with a total of 7,300 birds counted and quality in the form of two Hawfinches (at last). Other significant counts included a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, ten Bramblings, ten Redpolls and 59 Siskins. Despite large numbers of thrushes calling during the hours of darkness grounded migrants remained scarce during the day with just six Firecrests, two "Continental" Coal Tits, 24 Song Thrushes, a Fieldfare and two Wheatears of note.
Seawatching was dominated by Gannets with over 1300 and Mediterranean Gulls with 110 birds being seen while less regular sightings included 11 Wigeon, a Pintail, a party of five Pochards, a Sooty Shearwater, 41 Dunlin, four Arctic Skuas, 44 Sandwich Terns, 37 Kittiwakes and a Little Gull.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshoire.
There was a decent catch of migrant moths overnight with a Gem, three Vestals and five Udea ferrugalis of note. Of greater note was a Crimson Speckled moth photographed by staff on a window of a Portakabin inside the "A" Station complex.
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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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