A miserable day of more or less continuous rain but calm at first with wind increasing in the afternoon. Although there were fewer birds on the ground and overhead than yesterday there was still some interest with two Egyptian Geese, six Willow Warblers, 15 Blackcaps, seven Fieldfares, 55 Redwings and 20 Song Thrushes, a Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and three Bramblings.
Six hours of seawatching produced the first Black and Arctic Terns of the year along with 316 Brent Geese, nine Shelduck, two Pintail, 12 Teal, 556 Common Scoters, 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver, 14 Whimbrel, ten Mediterranean Gulls, an Arctic Skua, a Little Tern and 497 Common Terns.
At least 20 Porpoises were feeding offshore.
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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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