Rain from just after dawn until mid-afternoon grounded a decent number of migrants with 11 Pied Flycatchers, five Spotted Flycatchers, seven Lesser Whitethroats, six Whinchats and two Redstarts of particular note along with a few Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and Reed Warblers. Overhead passage remains at a very low level though with just two Buzzards and a few Yellow Wagtails being seen. A Merlin was hunting around the fishing boats for much of the afternoon.
The sea was generally very quiet with the usual four or so lingering Arctic Skuas being joined by a Great Skua. A Balearic Shearwater which flew west this evening was of note.
Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
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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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