Dreadful weather this morning produced an excellent seawatch. The most exceptional record was of 415 Fulmars (including 17 blue-phase birds) along with 12 Pintails, 11 Eiders, six Avocets, three Great Skuas, and a Sandwich Tern of note. Other notable counts included 718 Kittiwakes, 246 Brent Geese, 307 Common Scoters, 878 Gannets and five Mediterranean Gulls.
A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were also seen.
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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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