The day began with clear skies and low-level mist but this quickly developed into thick fog for most of the morning. Once this cleared it was a lovely sunny afternoon.
The foggy conditions encouraged a few migrants to pass through with a Short-eared Owl, two Wood Larks, 14 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, three Firecrests, 40 Goldcrests, two Ring Ouzels, 18 Song Thrushes, four Wheatears, eight Bramblings and 25 Reed Buntings and a minor rarity in the form of a Yellowhammer of note.
The sea was fairly quiet but a Black-throated Diver flew east and 120 Golden Plovers flew west and three Little Gulls and six Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore. The german-ringed Caspian Gull was seen at the fishing boats again and was joined for a time by a new second-winter bird.
At least 12 Porpoises 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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