The strong easterly wind was still blowing this morning and did little to improve the birding although it had dropped away by mid-afternoon.
One of the main features of the day was a large gathering of seabirds feeding offshore which included a first-winter Caspian Gull, at least 30 Mediterranean Gulls and eight Little Gulls, an Arctic Skua and a Great Skua and unusually, a Tufted Duck with a group of three Common Scoters.
Birds were far from plentiful on the land but they did include a Woodcock, seven Firecrests, 14 Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, four Ring Ouzels, 15 Song Thrushes, four Black Redstarts and two Mistle Thrushes. A Great White Egret came in and headed inland
At least six Porpoises were feeding close inshore this afternoon.
A Grey Squirrel was also seen in one of the private gardens.This is probably a new mammal species for the Observatory recording area although not a totally unexpected one as there have been several records from nearby in recent months.
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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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