Most of the days interest was offshore where 4.5 hrs of watching this morning produced 25 Wigeon, nine Teal, a Pintail, three Great Northern Divers, 22 Red-throated Divers, singles of Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, four Great Skuas, 67 Mediterranean Gulls, around 800 Auks sp, and three Little Auks.
Very quiet on the land with just four Rock Pipits and 20 Redpolls overhead and six Chiffchaffs in the trapping area.
Three Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
The RSPB continues to support up to 16 Great White Egrets and the Cattle Egret returned with its bovine friends to the fields at Boulderwall Farm. Reasonable numbers of gulls have been roosting on Burrowes and this evening they included seven Caspian Gulls of various ages. A red-head Goosander is also present here and two Jack Snipe can be seen from Firth Hide.
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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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