All the interest today was offshore again with over 13 hours of seawatching. The excellent movement of Storm Petrels continued with 40 birds being seen along with 38 Manx Shearwaters, 87 Fulmars, 1155 Gannets, two Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, 120 Kittiwakes and 118 Sandwich Terns. A first-summer Mediterranean Gull was also feeding offshore.
To put the movement of Storm Petrels into perspective there is only one other similar occurrence in the Observatory's history. This occurred in similar weather conditions between May 21st and 28th 2006 when a total of 411 birds were seen and with a highest day count of 133 birds on May 24th and were also the first spring records of this species.
Three Grey Seals and two Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
The first Small Skippers of the summer 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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