A strong southerly breeze was blowing at daybreak this morning suggesting the sea would be the place to be.
A search of the moat first thing this morning produced a single Willow Warbler and little else except for the resident Whitethroats. A male Black Redstart could also be heard singing from the Power Station.
The sea didn't quite live up to expectations although there was some movement. at least 75 Gannets were offshore this morning. Kittiwakes were also on the move with 71 moving east and nine heading west. Five Little Terns headed west along with two Whimbrel and 46 Common Scoter. Three Teal headed east along with singles of Shelduck and Tufted Duck.
A good number of Sand Martins and Swifts were seen heading out offshore with 88 Sand Martins recorded and 167 Swifts.
At least 15 Porpoise were recorded on the sea
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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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