A breezy day which limited ringing efforts but mostly more of the same offshore with the highlight being six Balearic Shearwaters along with 990 Sandwich Terns and 1106 Common Terns. Three Arctic Skuas were also lingering.
Two Buzzards flew over the area and two Redstarts were seen in the bushes.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore. An evening session at the Long Pits with the Kent Bat Group was very interesting with five Nathusius's Pipistrelles, two Common Pipistrelles and a Daubenton's Bat being trapped.
A search for unusual insects produced a few Tree Crickets but sadly no sign of any Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets, Common Groundhopper around the banks of the Long Pits and a Green Shield-bug in the trapping area.
Elsewhere, the American Black Tern was still present on the RSPB Reserve and the Wryneck was still present on the Lydd Ranges but remained very elusive.
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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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