The wind backed into the north-east overnight and sea passage was predictably much reduced. The best of five hours of watching produced nine Shoveler, five Teal, a Velvet and 251 Common Scoters, a Black-throated Diver, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, a Little Gull and 512 Sandwich Terns of note.
There was a small increase in the number of migrants on the land and included a Sand Martin, 10 Willow Warblers, 23 Chiffchaffs, seven Blackcaps and a Siskin.
The Crane continues to be seen in fields at Dengemarsh and the Red-necked Grebe was still on Burrowes Pit. The three Cattle Egrets were still being seen at Cockles Bridge.
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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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