With a fresh SE wind blowing this morning it was very quiet on the land but hopes were reasonably high for a decent seawatch and so it proved to be. Eleven hours of watching produced 22 Teal, 28 Shoveler, 2452 Common Scoters, eight Velvet Scoters, 14 Eider, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, one Black-throated and 109 Red-throated Divers, 48 Fulmars, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 1400 Gannets, 11 Avocets, six Grey Plover, five Knot, the first Whimbrel of the spring, 12 Great Skuas and 20 Arctic Skuas, 36 Little Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls, a record spring day count of 2318 Sandwich Terns, a Little Tern and 441 Common Terns.
A Snipe, two Willow Warblers and and two Blackcaps were the best the land could offer us..
At least 15 Porpoises were feeding offshore.
The Crane was still showing well (though distantly) on the Reserve and a superb summer-plumaged Red-necked Grebe was seen on Burrowes Pit in the afternoon.
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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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