Another wintry morning with a cold NW wind and frequent heavy, sleety showers passing through. This induced a small movement of birds coming in including 48 Fieldfares, 18 Redwings and a Reed Bunting. A Merlin was also hunting along the beach. There was also a bit of movement offshore with 42 Wigeon, 113 Teal, 14 Shovelers, four Great Skuas and a Mediterranean Gull of note.
The bird of the day though was a Rough-legged Buzzard which flew north over the Long Pits this afternoon and continued on its way past Lade and eventually out of sight.
Elsewhere, the Cattle Egret was still feeding in the fields south of Boulderwall Farm and a Black-necked Grebe, a Spotted Redshank and an adult Caspian Gull were seen on Burrowes.
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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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