With a strong southerly wind blowing and occasional showers the sea provided most of the interest. Coverage was almost dawn to dusk but with many observers exact numbers have been very difficult to assess but the following totals were of note; 29 Balearic Shearwaters, 49 Manx Shearwaters, five Sooty Shearwaters, well over 1000 Gannets, two Great Skuas, 182 Common Terns and a Little Tern all flew west. The clear highlight of the day though was a single Great Shearwater seen by one observer as it flew slowly west past the fishing boats at 1417hrs. Four Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen on the beach.
Around 360 Swifts also flew south.
Four Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen near the railway station.
Another very unusual sighting this morning was a breaching Thresher Shark.
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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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