More of the same on the peninsula today with seawatching providing the most interest. Three Sooty Shearwater this morning and one in the afternoon session all heading west were the obvious highlight. Three species of skua were also seen this afternoon with two each of Pomarine and Great as well as a single Arctic Skua.
Mediterranean Gulls were again obvious with eight in the morning and 56 seen in the afternoon all from the fishing boats. In total over 1000 Kittiwake passed west and a Yellow-legged Gull was seen in the usual gull roost. The Patch was awash with gulls in the morning with a further 36 Mediterranean Gull and two Caspian Gull the highlights. The 3,500+ Black-headed Gull present gave it a very wintery feel on the rough seas.
On the RSPB Reserve the drake Ring-necked Duck was still along the entrance track as was the Cattle Egret and a single Great White Egret. An adult Caspian Gull was on Burrowes with two adult Yellow-legged Gulls and two Goosander (1 drake). Finally the Long-eared Owl was again roosting behind the dipping pond despite the driving rain.
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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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