Nearly four hours of seawatching during the day produced large numbers of Gannets and Guillemots, a Great Skua, a Mediterranean Gull and a few Razorbills.
Three first-winter Caspian Gulls were feeding at the fish scraps offered at the Fish Hut.
The huge surprise today though relates to the "grey" Stonechat which resided at Kerton Road (just north of the Observatory recording area) between 8th November and 5th December. DNA analysis of its faeces apparently confirms that it was a Stejneger's Stonechat. It would appear that the field guides need a complete rewrite!!
Some images of the bird taken on 10th and 16th November 2016 are shown below but please don't ask me to explain or justify the identification as I am completely baffled by it.
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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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