A pleasant and still start to the morning, with the wind gradually picking up throughout the day.
The highlight of the day was a Wryneck seen by a single observer, south of the trapping area. The numbers of thrushes present on the point were much lower than the previous day with only 40 Song Thrushes, seven Ring Ouzel and six Blackbirds reported throughout the day. The trapping area held a minimum of five Firecrests, 26 Goldcrests, 90 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcaps and a Whitethroat.
At least 2000 House Martins and 200 Swallows headed south this morning, a Woodlark headed north. 240 Linnets, 110 Goldfinch, five Siskin, one Greenfinch, 75 Meadow Pipit and singles of Rock Pipit and Tree Pipit were recorded today.
Passage on the sea was rather limited with 467 Gannets heading west. Three Brent Geese, seven Shelduck, five Teal, a Tufted Duck and nine Arctic Skua were also seen throughout the day.
Two Porpoise were seen offshore this morning and a Clouded Yellow was seen along the Power Station Wall.
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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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