A slightly breezy and overcast start to the morning with the wind gradually picking up throughout the day.
The Wryneck was seen again in the Desert this morning but proved elusive. Seven Ring Ouzels were also seen in the scrub south of the trapping area. A Snipe and a Merlin were also seen.
In the trapping area 25 Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps and two Firecrests were seen in the recording area today with one at the Feeding Station and another present in the Moat.
On the sea five Brent Geese, six Shelduck and a Red-breasted Merganser headed west. A total of six Arctic Skuas were seen along with 27 Mediterranean Gulls and three Common Terns were also seen.
Seven Porpoise were also noted on the sea and a Weasel was seen in the Desert.
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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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