There was a small arrival of migrants today with a Hobby, 23 Swifts, 14 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, a Siskin and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the year. More unusual was a Great White Egret which came in off the sea at the 640Kv Converter Station and six Buzzards which also flew over. The sea was very quiet with what few there were moving west apart from one Arctic Skua.
Butterflies seen today included our first Painted Lady and Small Heath of the year along with six Grizzled Skippers.
The warmer weather also brought a few dragonflies out with first sightings of Red-eyed, Variable, Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies and also a Hairy Dragonfly.
One Geotomus sp shieldbug was found in the Moat along with a single Brassica Bug.
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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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