A cold day with an increasing northerly wind bringing frequent hail showers and even sleet at one point - is it really May?.
Birds on the land were hard to come by but a couple of Hobbies were seen and a Pheasant was calling in the trapping area. A few Swifts, Swallows and 44 House Martins also moved around the various showers.
The sea was also fairly slow but over eight hours of watching produced a Velvet Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, six Avocets, four Mediterranean Gulls, 476 Sandwich Terns, 21 Arctic Terns, four Black Terns, a Great Skua and six Arctic Skuas of interest.
At least 24 Porpoises were counted as they fed offshore along with a Grey Seal and two Brown Hares were seen on the beach by the fishing boats.
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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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