The day dawned clear but with a strong south to south-east blowing which provided the best seawatching conditions for some time. A four-hour stint in the morning followed by nearly three hours in the afternoon produced 638 Brent Geese, 31 Pintails, 13 Shovelers, 394 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, 51 Red-throated and two Black-throated Divers, a Great Skua, 251 Gannets, four Little Gulls, seven Mediterranean Gulls and 211 Sandwich Terns moving east. In addition, a Sooty Shearwater passing west was an unusual record and the majority of the 110 Fulmars seen also moved west.
The two regular Iceland Gulls and two new Caspian Gulls were feeding at the Patch.
Conditions were not good for finding small birds on the land but there was obviously a small arrival of grounded migrants with seven Firecrests and 19 Chiffchaffs of note.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore.
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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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