A quiet start to the month with just a handful of grounded migrants and a bit of overhead passage but very little moving offshore.
The best of the birds on the ground were 20 Blackcaps, 17 Lesser Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, ten Whinchats and 15 Wheatears while birds flying over included 11 Buzzards, 40 Yellow Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails.
Other than large numbers of Sandwich Terns there was very little to be seen offshore.
Ten Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Clouded Yellow butterfly and three Hummingbird Hawk-moths were seen around the Observatory.
There was still no further sign of either the American Black Tern or the Terek Sandpiper and the Cattle Egret population seems to have been reduced to a single individual.
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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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