There was a nice arrival of migrants on the land today with the highlight of a Wood Warbler seen at the top of the Long Pits in the afternoon. Other less common migrants included a juvenile Cuckoo in the moat, three Swifts, seven Sedge Warblers, three Garden Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher, three Redstarts, five Whinchats, a Tree Sparrow, 25 Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and the first Rock Pipit of the autumn. Numbers were provided by 150 Swallows, 20 Willow Warblers, ten Chiffchaffs, 15 Lesser Whitethroats, 20 Whitethroats, 21 Wheatears and 15 Siskins.
The sea was quiet except for a large flurry of Sandwich Terns in the the 45 minutes of daylight with 524 heading west.
Five Large Coneheads including one male were seen as well as ten Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets but it was quite cold in the evening and very few Tree Crickets were singing..
Two Clouded Yellows (including one of the white form helice) were noted. It has been a very poor year so far for this species. The best the moth traps could offer was a single Red Underwing. A European Hornet was also a very unusual sighting for the Point.
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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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