There was an easterly trickle of birds offshore during the day with a party of four Scaup, two Arctic Skuas and 168 Sandwich Terns of note while there were three Caspian Gulls (two first-winters and a third-winter) at the Patch.
A pair of Egyptian Geese flew around the area in the morning and was an unusual sighting for the Observatory recording area record. Passerines remain very scarce but did include 19 Jackdaws, four Chiffchaffs, five Firecrests, six Black Redstarts, three Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings.
Six Porpoises were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares and a Bank Vole were seen on the land.
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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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