The wind had veered into the south by daybreak and induced a steady movement of birds offshore but it remains fairly quiet on the land. The best of seven hours of seawatching included 257 Brent Geese, 23 Shelducks, 25 Shovelers, 16 Pintails, 348 Common Scoters and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, the first Whimbrel of the year, four Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, seven Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull and 11 Common Terns.
A few Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps continue to trickle through on the land. The male rubicola Stonechat remains on its territory.
A Light Orange Underwing was seen at the Long Pits.
At least eight Porpoises were seen 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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