Highlights from the morning seawatching at the fishing boats were 383 Common Scoter and two Velvet Scoter west. Otherwise two Great Skua, six Wigeon and a single Grey Plover west added to the variety. There was also a 1st winter Caspian Gull amongst the usual gulls.
The afternoon seawatching produced three Great Northern Diver west as well as two Red-throated Diver.
Meanwhile on the RSPB Reserve the drake Ring-necked Duck and the Cattle Egret were still along the access track with at least one Great White Egret still around. At least three Caspian Gulls (1x 2nd winter/2x 1st winter) were viewable from the Firth Hide. The Long-eared Owl was also noted roosting behind the dipping pond too.
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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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