Numbers of common migrants remain low but the variety was quite high today with a Pied Flycatcher, three Whinchats, two Redstarts and two Spotted Flycatchers in the bushes of note. Offshore, there were at least five Arctic Skuas and lots of terns including at least 24 Black Terns, 1300 Sandwich Terns, 550 Common Tern and eight Arctic Terns.
A Clouded Yellow was seen in front of the power station and three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen around the Point. A very tatty Rosy Wave was trapped overnight - only the 13th record for the Observatory.
Three Porpoises and a Common Seal were seen.
The star bird though was found late in the day on Burrowes/RSPB Reserve by Stephen Message when he discovered a juvenile/first-winter American Black Tern among the large numbers of terns feeding there.
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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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