A fine morning saw the first arrival of spring migrants of any real significance with 50 Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, 12 Firecrests, a Mistle Thrush, four Black Redstarts and seven Wheatears. Two Buzzards and three Siskins also flew over.
Seawatching was fairly quiet but did include two Shelducks, 14 Mediterranean Gulls and 12 Sandwich Terns.
Last nights "nocmig" recordings resulted in lots of Redwings (1875 calls) along with three Grey Herons, three Moorhens, an Oystercatcher, a Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, 25 Blackbirds, eight Fieldfares and a Song Thrush. To give an idea of a busy night on the recorder here is a small sample of some of the Redwings.
There was a surprising increase in the numbers of Porpoise with at least 27 feeding offshore.
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen in a private garden and five Peacocks, two Small Tortoiseshells and two Commas were also seen.
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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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