There was a big movement of birds offshore today with nine hours of watching producing 2996 Brent Geese, six Shelduck, 846 Common Scoters, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Manx Shearwater, 610 Gannets, four Golden Plovers, 68 Kittiwakes, ten Little Gulls, three Mediterranean Gulls, 99 Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and five each of both Great and Arctic Skuas.
A Short-eared Owl was also seen at the fishing boats and two Willow Warblers, 14 Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, four Goldcrests and four Wheatears while six Swallows, 250 Meadow Pipits, 40 Chaffinches, a Brambling and 170 Linnets flew through.
Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere, the Crane was till being seen in the fields on the RSPB Reserve and three Cattle Egrets were feeding with the horses at Cockles Bridge.
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Corona Virus Update
We are very pleased to be accepting booking at the Observatory. 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'. 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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