Lots of birds offshore again this morning with two hours of watching producing a Shelduck, 392 Red-throated Divers, 200 Great Crested Grebes, 2500 Cormorants, 319 Kittiwakes, a Great Skua, about 3000 Guillemots and 36 Razorbills.
Coverage of the land was limited but a party of 11 White-fronted Goose flew over the area and across to the Reserve and a Firecrest appeared in the Observatory garden.
There was plenty of interest around the greater area. Of note on the Reserve were two Tundra Bean Geese at Dengemarsh, four Bewick's Swans on ARC, two drake Red-crested Pochards and a third-winter Caspian Gull on Burrowes and a drake Smew at Tanner's Pool. A male Hen Harrier was also seen on several occasions and two Short-eared Owls were seen on Lydd Ranges.
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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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