After yesterdays miserable weather it was a much a nicer day today and there were even a few migrants about. Of the commoner migrants 30 Willow Warblers and 50+ "Greenland" Wheatears dominated. A Redstart was seen at the Long Pits and two Garden Warblers were caught. Late afternoon saw the arrival of a Red Kite.
Seawatching was fairly slow but nearly eight hours of watching eventually produced eight Manx Shearwaters, a breeding-plumaged Slavonian Grebe, ten Great Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas and a Pomarine Skua and four Little Terns. A Mediterranean Gull was feeding at the Patch.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.
With the first decent bit of weather for some time what was presumably the same Large Tortoiseshell as that seen last week made a brief re-appearance at the north end of the Long Pits. Numbers of Small Coppers are now increasing and a Hairy Dragonfly was also seen.
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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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