The highlight of what was otherwise another quiet day was a Pallas's Warbler in the moat seen for a few minutes by a handful of observers in mid-morning. A couple of Firecrests were also feeding in the moat.
The only birds of note offshore were a Shag and two late Sandwich Terns and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was feeding at the fishing boats.
I ran the AudioMoth sound recorder again last night and recorded a few Redwings, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Dunlin, Snipe and remarkably a Stone-curlew. Presumably this is likely to be the bird found this morning on the shingle beach at Greatstone. What's even more surprising is that this is the second time that this pattern of events has occurred this autumn with the bird seen at the back of ARC on 29th October being preceded by calls recorded during the night before.
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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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