A nice day with frost/ice at first. There was very little movement offshore there at least 300 Razorbills and 2000 Guillemots feeding in the Bay and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull flew west.
Various checks of the land were quite productive with five Snipe, at least seven Long-tailed Tits, two Dartford Warblers, two Firecrests and two Black Redstarts of note. There was also a noticeable increase in pigeon numbers with at least 44 in the area. A party of 14 Bewick's Swans also flew over the area in the late afternoon.
Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal 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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