With a light onshore breeze most of the interest today was at sea where there there was a big movement of Brent Geese with over 2300 passing through. Variety was otherwise fairly limited with just 11 Teal, nine Shovelers, 64 Common Scoters, 18 Fulmars, 250 Gannets, a Mediterranean Gull, seven Little Gulls and 11 Sandwich Terns of note. The Glaucous Gull was still in the area and a third-winter Yellow-legged Gull was feeding at the Patch.
It remains very quiet on the land with just eight Firecrests scattered across the area of note.
Al least 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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