The place to be this morning (and in fact for most of the day) was on the beach were there was a strong easterly movement of birds. The most significant in terms of numbers were 1273 Brent Geese, 4432 Common Scoters, 110 Red-throated Divers, 481 Gannets, 109 Little Gulls, 449 Sandwich Terns and 407 Common/ic Terns whilst less usual records included two Eiders, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, three Black-throated Divers, a Black Tern, five Great Skuas and 39 Arctic Skuas. Two Avocets also flew west.
It remains very quiet on the land with just four Willow Warblers, 20 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, four Lesser Whitethroats, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare and two Bramblings of interest.
At least 15 Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen along the road.
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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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