A day with almost constant rain and fresh to strong southerly winds. There were large numbers of 'crests including 10 Firecrests and a handful of Chiffchaffs, Blackbirds and Black Redstarts. The Shore Lark was still feeding around the puddles at the fishing boats. A few birds were also moving offshore with three Pintails, four Red-breasted Mergansers, three Mediterranean and four Little Gulls, 36 Sandwich Terns and singles of Great and Arctic Skuas of note.
One Porpoise was 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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