After a wet and very windy night the day began with fresh northerly winds and clear skies which resulted in a decent amount of movement on both the land and sea.
Grounded migrants included a Firecrest, 25 Chiffchaffs, a Ring Ouzel, ten Song Thrushes, 16 Redwings, a Fieldfare a Redstart and a Wheatear. Overhead passage also provided some interest with five Grey Herons, two Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, five Sparrowhawks, six Grey Wagtails, four Rock Pipits, 45 Chaffinches, eight Bramblings, 75 Goldfinches and 60 Siskins.
There were also plenty of birds moving in both directions offshore including a party of four distant Barnacle Geese heading west, 425 Brent Geese, 12 Pintail, six Teal, over 560 Gannets, 134 Mediterranean Gulls, 74 Sandwich Terns, five Arctic Skuas and a juvenile Pomarine Skua.
Two Porpoises and single Grey and Common Seals 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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