With strong south to south-west winds this morning all the interest was offshore where an early morning watch produced two Balearic Shearwaters and two Pomarine Skuas passing west of note. Also seen during the day were nine Arctic Skuas, four Black Terns and 945 Sandwich Terns.
Very quiet on the land.
Six Porpoises were seen offshore.
Of great note from elsewhere was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper which showed well this afternoon on the islands viewable from Makepeace Hide on the RSPB Reserve.This is the tenth area record with the most recent records involving four individuals in 2010.
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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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