With fresh to strong onshore winds the sea was obviously going to be the place to be today but even old-hands at the game were amazed to see a new day record total of 472 Manx Shearwaters pass through during 11 hours of watching. (Coverage was from 0500 to 1830hrs with a 2.5hr gap in the early afternoon when the weather was too poor to see anything). In addition, 31 Great Skuas was the 12th highest-ever spring day total and the highest ever in May and nine Pomarine Skuas and 28 Arctic Skuas were also noteworthy. Other bits and pieces included 84 Fulmars, 1085 Gannets, a Mediterranean Gull, 752 Sandwich Terns, 238 Arctic Terns and 16 Little Terns. Notable by their absence were any waders, Little Gulls or Black Terns.
Three Porpoises 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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