Another morning with decent numbers of migrants to be seen, The most numerous species were 50 Chiffchaffs, nine Blackcaps and 40 Goldcrests and less usual birds included a Ring Ouzel and two Fieldfares. A Wheatear was also seen near the New Lighthouse and a Tree Sparrow was in the Old Lighthouse Garden. Visible migrant was also fairly good with 17 Skylarks, 1600 Starlings, four Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, 23 Bramblings, 50 Lesser Redpolls, three Crossbills, 100 Siskin and 20 Reed Buntings.
The main feature for seawatchers was the continuing presence of huge numbers of Mediterranean Gulls offshore and a new record day count of 2050 birds. A Great Skua was also hunting them down. Actual passage though was almost non-existent.
At least six Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Clouded Yellow was seen in the Moat.
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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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