And so it goes on - more wind, lots more rain and few birds. Four hours of seawatching produced two Red-breasted Mergansers, 850 Gannets, a Marsh Harrier arriving from the east, a Grey Plover, two Mediterranean Gulls, 27 Little Gulls, 141 Sandwich Terns, three Great Skuas and 11 Arctic Skuas. The German colour-ringed Caspian Gull was seen again at the fishing boats.
Twenty Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest, a Ring Ouzel and a Wheatear where among the few grounded migrants whilst a Brambling, 400 Goldfinches, 21 Siskins and six Redpolls flew over.
Two Porpoises and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.
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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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