A bright and sunny morning produced a decent bit of visible migration with a Buzzard, 40 Skylarks, seven Swallows, three House Martins, 4000 Starlings, three Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, seven Bramblings, 120 Redpolls, ten Crossbills, 70 Siskins and 25 Reed Buntings and also three Great White Egret which flew west along the shore. Grounded migrants were limited to a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests.
Offshore passage was also fairly limited in the calm conditions with three Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua seen in the afternoon when the huge flock of around 2000 Mediterranean Gulls was still feeding offshore.
Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Despite the cold conditions overnight three Vestals and a Scarce Bordered Straw were caught in the moth traps.
A Brown Argus and very fresh Small Coppers and Common Blues were seen today.
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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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