Another thoroughly miserable day weather-wise with constant drizzle for the whole day. On the bird front however there was plenty to see with the first-winter Glaucous Gull still around the fishing boats and being joined by a third-cy Yellow-legged Gull but no sign of the first-winter Caspian Gull today.
On the sea a huge number of Great Crested Grebe which eventually totalled 851 (Well done Martin for doing the count!). Also a decent total of nearly 400 Red-throated Diver past in a westerly direction. Of note there were very small numbers of Guillemot left feeding offshore and very few going past which is in stark contrast to the past few days.
Away from the Point the RSPB Reserve held up to 6 redhead Smew, 1 Slavonian Grebe and the 2 Long-eared Owls were still roosting by the Dipping Pond.
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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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