Very quiet on the land with just two Buzzards, a Yellow Wagtail and a couple of Redpolls overhead of note and barely any sign of a migrant in the bushes.
With a light NE breeze for most of the day the sea was easily the place to be and over 14 hours of watching produced seven Shovelers, 423 Common Scoters, two Black-throated Divers, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Grey Plovers, 78 Sanderling, 138 Knot, 198 Whimbrel, 561 Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Great Skuas, 24 Arctic Skuas, 18 Pomarine Skuas (inc a flock of eight at 1816hrs), two Little Gulls, 853 Sandwich Terns, 3800 "commic" Terns, 106 Arctic Terns, 88 Little Terns and two Black Terns of particular note.
Twenty Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
At least six Grizzled Skippers were seen in and around the trapping area along with the first Clouded Yellow of the year on the seafront.
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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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