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We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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8th Jan

A Great Skua was lingering offshore and a Velvet Scoter flew south. A couple of Caspian Gulls came to the offerings at the fishing boats. There was a report of a party of five Waxwings seen flying around the Old Lighthouse before heading north sometime around mid-day. A Chiffchaff was present at the Long Pits.
The Stejneger's Stonechat was still present and just about got onto to the day list for the Observatory area. 

A Common Seal and two Porpoises were feeding offshore. I am not sure if the 'sickly' Grey Seal was present but yesterday it was being fed Whiting by the fisherman like a circus act. It now looks as if it may not be ill at all but a rehabilitated animal.

The Ring-necked Duck was still showing on the RSPB Reserve but had moved to the ARC Pit and two Slavonian Grebes were on New Diggings. There are now two Long-eared Owls in the bushes behind the Dipping Pond near the RSPB Visitors Centre. A first-winter Caspian Gull came into roost on Burrowes.
Four Pink-footed Geese and three Tundra Bean Geese were among large numbers of geese at Scotney and the Black-necked Grebe was on the pit behind the Scotney Court Farm.