The highlight on the land was a big arrival of "Greenland" Wheatears with at least 120 birds in the area. Other migrants were generally scarce but they did include a Woodlark, seven Yellow Wagtails, a Redstart and a "continental" Coal Tit. Overhead, a Great White Egret along with 120 Swallows and seven Yellow Wagtails passed through.
After yesterdays riches the seawatching was pretty slow all day but prolonged watching eventually produced two Black-throated Diver, a very unseasonal Sooty Shearwater, two Manx Shearwaters, five each of Pomarine and Arctic Skuas and 65 Arctic Terns.
About 30 Porpoises were feeding offshore.
At least one Grizzled Skipper was seen in the trapping area and the first of the spring as was a Blue-tailed Damselfly. Several Brassica Bugs were found on the Hoary Cress 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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