Although the wind had dropped it was still from the NE and cold and cloudy.
Seawatching continued provide most of the interest with 9.75 hrs of coverage producing another 12 Pomarine Skuas, ten Arctic Skuas, 90 Little Terns, 104 Black Terns and 4300 "commic" Terns. Other bits and pieces included three Eider, three Red-breasted Mergansers, a Manx Shearwater, a Hobby, an Avocet, 86 Whimbrel, a Great Skua, 76 Arctic Terns, three Mediterranean Gulls and four Little Gulls. The regular Iceland Gull was still feeding at the Patch.
Still very quiet on the land with just a Sedge Warbler in the moat and a Tree Pipit overhead.
A Grey Seal and six Porpoise 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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