It was a clear and warm day today, causing considerable haze to form over the shingle. The Brent Geese were again moving in number, with 636 passing during a two hour sea watch this morning. The counts of other species passing were much lower than yesterday. Only 31 Gannets, 15 Common Scoter, 13 Auks and three Sandwich Terns were counted with low numbers of other common species.
A Merlin was seen at the Fishing Boats early this morning, where the Glaucous Gull was also seen later in the morning in the gull flock. Two Sandwich Terns also flew noisily overhead.
There were still large numbers of Firecrests about, with at least four in the Old Lighthouse Garden. Several could be seen in patches of gorse towards the observatory and five in the Moat along with a single Goldcrest and two Chiffchaffs. There were also good numbers of Black Redstarts seen today. Three were present at the Old lighthouse and four were seen at the Lifeboat Station, along with the single but still present Wheatear.
Three Porpoise were also seen offshore this morning in front of the Power Station.
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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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