A cold north easterly wind produced a blustery day with little movement on the sea or the land.
On the land a Blackcap was singing at the top of the Long Pits and another was in a private garden on the estate. Other spring migrants included three Chiffchaffs, 12 Wheatear and a Firecrest.
On the sea the number of waterfowl had dropped away. Only 54 Common Scoter, 12 Brent Geese, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, four Shoveler, four Wigeon and four Teal. 40 Red-throated Divers, 160 Sandwich Tern and two Common Tern were also noted.
A single Grey Seal and eight Harbour Porpoise were also seen on the sea.
Elsewhere a Crane was visible in the evening from Boulderwall at the RSPB Reserve.
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Corona Virus Update
We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
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