A strange day with a fresh easterly blowing which produced nine Firecrests and 22 Black Redstarts but not a great deal else in the way of grounded migrants other than a few Goldcrests and Song Thrushes. Visible migration was dominated by Goldfinches with 1800 seen but again very little in the way of a supporting cast other than a Grey Wagtail, two Bramblings and six Redpolls.
A drake Eider flew west close in along the beach, ten Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and the regular colour-ringed Caspian Gull was still coming in to bathe in the puddles by the fishing boats.
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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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