With a bit of drizzle this morning and generally cooler, windier conditions there was a steady offshore passage including 826 Brent Geese, four Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Fulmars, 900 Gannets, 119 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull and 59 Sandwich Terns.
There was little to report from the land except for a Chiffchaff at the Long Pits, two Firecrests and 65 Chaffinches.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.
We have also received some interesting ringing details from the BTO of two birds which we caught at the Observatory last autumn.
The first of these was a Chiffchaff ringed at Woolston Eyes, Warrington as a juvenile bird on 20th July 2018 and caught here on 27th September 2018.
The second was a Meadow Pipit ringed at Foveran Links, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire on 4th September 2018 as a first-winter bird and caught here on 30th September 2018.
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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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