A Balearic Shearwater, 23 Mediterranean Gulls, 858 Sandwich Terns, three Great Skuas and 22 Arctic Skuas were seen during four hours of watching during the day.
A check of the bushes produced the bird of the day in the form of a Treecreeper at the Long Pits along with 31 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, five Firecrests, nine Goldcrests and five Wheatears. A few hirundines, a Yellow Wagtail, five Grey Wagtails, two Tree Pipits and 13 Reed Buntings passed overhead. A Pheasant was also seen.
Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Three Delicates were the highlight of a small overnight catch of moths.
An evening search for crickets produced good numbers of Tree Crickets still singing but no sign of any Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets.
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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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