The morning seawatch produced a Velvet Scoter, two Great Northern Divers, four Little Gulls, 67 Kittiwakes, 377 Guillemots and 146 Razorbills of note in 3.5hrs.
The first-winter Caspian Gull was still present.
There is plenty of interest around the pits with the Reserve holding a few Smew including a drake, a mobile Slavonian Grebe, up to three Shags on Burrowes Pit, the Long-eared Owl still showing well behind the dipping pond and up to two Penduline Tits seen from the viewing ramp at Hookers on two days during the week. The very large goose flock at Scotney includes a Tundra Bean Goose and up to 25 White-fronted Geese and a Black-necked Grebe can be seen at the northern end of the pit. A minimum of five Great White Egrets are present across the area.
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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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