Another very hot day which resulted in a small drop of migrants with highlights including four Pied Flycatchers, five Whinchats, 30 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and four Tree Pipits and a Honey Buzzard which flew around the Point during the morning.
With the very hazy conditions there was little coverage of the sea but an evening watch produced five Mediterranean Gulls and three Arctic Skuas.
Ten Porpoises and single Grey and Common Seals were feeding offshore. Common Pipistrelle bats were recorded on the Echometer this evening.
A Convolvulus Hawkmoth was found on the framework of the Heligoland Trap but the traps themselves were not that special although a Rest Harrow and a male Southern Oak Bush-cricket were attracted to the light. Six Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day.
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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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