The morning proved surprisingly interesting. On the land a few thrushes and finches dropped in whilst a Lapwing, 34 Golden Plovers, three Snipe and at least 5000 Starlings passed through.
Despite the light NW wind there was a very decent movement of wildfowl offshore which included 440 Brent Geese, eight Gadwall, a Pintail, 198 Wigeon, 164 Teal, three Scaup, a very smart pair of Long-tailed Ducks, eight Goldeneyes and five Red-breasted Mergansers. Also of note were a group of three Little Egrets which came in and flew north, 19 Golden Plovers, a Great Skua, five Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Gull.
Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were also seen.
It was also a day of great interest around the Point. A very odd-looking Stonechat was found at Kerton Road which was thought to be a Siberian Stonechat but a number of observers also had some doubts about the identity. Late in the day a first-winter Ring-necked Duck was found on the first pool along the RSPB entrance track and the first two Bewick's Swan of the winter arrived. Two Spoonbills spent some time on Burrowes and the Cattle Egret was still feeding among the cattle.
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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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