Another cloudless, very hot and calm day with just a trickle of migrants passing through including a Buzzard, three Whimbrels, three Redshanks, three Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler and two Yellow Wagtails. In mid-morning there was a massive hatch of flying ants and gulls swarmed in to feed on them and included an excellent total of 70 Mediterranean Gull and 400 Swifts also joined the throng.
At least five Porpoises and singles of Grey and Common Seal were feeding offshore.
Moth trapping produced the scarce pyralid Euzophera pinguis and a True Lover's-knot while a late evening visit to the trapping area revealed large numbers of singing Tree Crickets and three late-stage nymph Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets. Four female Wasp Spiders were found in their webs in the grassy area in front of the Observatory.
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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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