Virtually all the interest today was offshore where a very light SE breeze encouraged a decent movement of birds. Most of the movement was during the morning and by the end of the day there were good totals of 885 Brent Geese, 19 Shelduck, 33 Teal, 25 Shovelers, 1709 Common Scoters, 18 Whimbrel, two Arctic and seven Great Skuas, 19 Common Terns, eight Little Gulls and nine Mediterranean Gulls. Scarcer bits and pieces included two Gadwall, six Scaup, 36 Velvet Scoters, four Goldeneye, eight Black-throated and three Great Northern Divers and the first Little Tern of the year, A first-winter Glaucous Gull also spent some at the Patch during the morning.
Very little change on the land with just a continuing trickle of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps and our first Sedge Warbler of the year.
A minimum of eight Porpoises were feeding offshore.
The first Grizzled Skipper and Green-veined Whites of the year were 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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