Yet another day with barely a migrant on the land but an early morning trickle of birds offshore. The highlights of the seawatching were a Manx Shearwater, three Avocets, 21 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, eight Mediterranean Gulls and three each of both Great and Arctic Skuas. Five Buzzards, three Sand Martins, 33 Swallows, three Song Thrushes and a Yellow Wagtail were the best on offer on the land.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
A Brimstone butterfly was of note in the trapping area.
The morning seawatch was also unusual as it provided the sobering sight of a small inflatable boat about two miles offshore which slowly came in towards the beach. Once it had come to within 200m or so of the beach it was intercepted by the Border Patrol and the 13 occupants were carefully transferred to safety. It must have been a pretty frightening night for them as they came through the busy shipping lanes, fully laden and with only a few inches of freeboard to spare. It makes me wonder what they are fleeing from or think they are coming to that it is worth the huge risk involved even with the problems that we are currently facing.
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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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