A calm, bright and very hot day and very quiet for birds with very small numbers of migrants in the bushes and 50 Sand Martins at the fishing boats this evening.
A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.
The highlight of a fairly small moth catch was a couple of Palpita vitrealis as well as two Rest Harrows and a Maiden's Blush. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen ovipositing on Hedge Bedstraw along the power station fence.
Elsewhere, the Black-winged Stilt was still feeding at ARC. The insect highlight was a Monarch butterfly which made a brief visit to a garden at Lydd-on-sea.
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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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