With more wind and rain it was another day dominated by seawatching. Almost ten hours of watching produced 281 Gannets, our second best-ever day total of 57 Balearic Shearwaters, 794 Sandwich Terns, two Black Terns, five Great Skuas and 120 Arctic Skuas. A Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen on the beach. Limited coverage of the bushes produced four Firecrests and three Wheatears were seen at the fishing boats while a Swift, 650 Swallows, 150 House Martins and 330 Meadow Pipits flew south.
Four Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
Despite the poor weather conditions overnight the moth trap produced two Delicates and a Scarce Bordered Straw of note.
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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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