Another morning with a decent scatter of migrants in the bushes including 15 Willow Warblers, seven Lesser Whitethroats, 16 Reed Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, 14 Blackcaps, three Garden Warblers, five Spotted and one Pied Flycatcher, nine Whinchats, two Redstarts and 15 Wheatears.
Overhead passage also saw an increase in numbers with a Buzzard, a Swift, 58 Sand Martins, 67 Swallows, 12 Tree Sparrows, 53 Yellow Wagtails and three Tree Pipits.
There was very little sign of any movement offshore with just four loitering Arctic Skuas of note.
Elsewhere, the America Black Tern was seen on Burrowes Pit again and a remarkable flock of 11 Cattle Egrets arrived and joined the small herd of stock in the fields just south of Boulderwall Farm.
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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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