A walk around the area before the rain came produced 15 Wheatears around the sleepers and a Greenshank, 70 Swifts, a Yellow Wagtail and two Tree Pipits flew over.
The sea was watched for six hours and eventually came good with the finding of a Sabine's Gull at the fishing boats which eventually flew off west at 1548hrs. Other bits and pieces included two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, five Black Terns, 194 Common Terns and seven Arctic Skuas.
Five Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
Another adult Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket was found in the area.
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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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