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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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13th April

Another decent day with a good scattering of migrants on the land and a steady easterly movement of birds offshore.

Five Lesser Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler and a Ring Ouzel were all new for the year and a male Redstart was also seen along with small numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and five Whitethroats. A Brambling, a Redpoll and seven Swallows also flew over and two Sand Martins departed to the south.

The sea was watched for 7.5 hours and though rarely busy produced a few decent birds including two Black-throated Divers, four Whimbrel, 87 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, five Mediterranean Gulls, two Little Gulls and a Little Tern. Numbers were provided by 106 Curlews, 640 Sandwich Terns and 764 Common Terns.  

At least 38 Porpoise were feeding offshore - just one short of the day record. A Weasel was also noted.

The first Grizzled Skipper of the spring was seen at the northern end of the recording area.