A decent day of seawatching produced 831 Brent Geese, four Shelduck, three Mallard, 57 Teal and 195 Common Scoters, 519 Gannets, 79 Kittiwakes, 11 Mediterranean Gulls (east), two Great Skuas, 17 Arctic Skuas and the surprise of the day in the form of an adult Glaucous Gull which flew east at 0930hrs.
There were also a few birds on the land and including 30 Chiffchaffs and 30 Song Thrushes while a Rock Pipit, 70 Goldfinches and 17 Reed Buntings flew over.
Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
A Beaded Chestnut and five Delicates were the best of a decent overnight catch of moths.
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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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