Another morning with plenty of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the bushes and a big movement of hirundines overhead with at least 7000 Swallows and 2000 House Martins passing through. Other grounded migrants included two Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher and six Wheatears whilst a Buzzard, a Hobby, 200 Sand Martins, four Grey Wagtails, four Yellow Wagtails, ten Siskins and 30 Reed Bunting added to the variety of birds passing overhead.
The sea was very quiet in the calm conditions but a Grey Phalarope was seen off the fishing boats again.
Five Grey Seals, a Common Seal and six Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
There was a good selection of butterflies on the wing with a Clouded Yellow and two Painted Ladies of note and also several fresh Meadow Browns.
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper made a brief appearance at Scotney and Cattle Egrets continue to be seen on the Reserve.
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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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