With the predicted storm finally arriving here during the night it meant that the only serious birding coverage would be at the sea but it was ultimately fairly disappointing here. Nine hours of watching produced just 22 Fulmars, two Balearic Shearwaters, 267 Sandwich Terns, two Little Terns, 644 Common Terns, six Great Skuas and four Arctic Skuas of note. There was also a small influx of Yellow-legged Gulls at the fishing boats with around ten birds present.
The very rough conditions also made observation of sea mammals difficult but two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were noted.
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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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