A still and cloudy day with few migrants but a couple of notable records. A total of 11 Chiffchaffs were present in the recording area along with one Blackcap, two Wheatear and three Firecrests. A Great White Egret flew out to sea, two Egyptian Geese and a Water Rail dropped into the Moat.
A small passage of wildfowl was recorded on the sea with 41 Brent Geese passing north along with 33 Scoter, five Red-breasted Merganser, three Shelduck, three Garganey and an Arctic Skua.
A single Brown Hare was seen in the Desert and 35 Porpoise were recorded from the Fishing Boats.
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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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