A change in the weather this morning with a cold North east breeze blowing from first light. Very little was recorded on the land with only three Chiffchaffs, two Wheatear and a Blackcap of note, a Ring Ouzel was also photographed by the Lifeboat Station.
The sea fared much better with a steady stream of waterfowl throughout the day. A total of 609 Brent Geese, 579 Common Scoter, six Red-breasted Mergansers, six Teal, three Shoveler, two Pintail, a Garganey, a Shelduck and a single female Eider flew west. Other species of note were two Grey Plover, two Dunlin, 73 Sandwich Terns as well as the first Common Terns of the year, with ten being noted.
A single Merlin was seen going out early this afternoon.
A Grey Seal was seen offshore, along with 13 Porpoise.
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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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