A fierce easterly wind which backed and strengthened through the day brought a decent arrival of Firecrests with at least 23 being found along with eight Chiffchaffs, six Wheatears and a male Black Redstart in the Desert.
There was very little sea passage except for an early morning rush of Sandwich Terns along with a Little Gull and two Mediterranean Gulls whilst the two Iceland Gulls, a first-winter Caspian Gull and another Mediterranean Gull were feeding at the Patch.
Four Porpoises were also seen.
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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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