With the wind blowing from the south and moderate rain this morning there was an excellent up-channel movement of birds. This included 2051 Brent Geese, 62 Shelducks, 18 Shoveler, two Gadwall, 27 Wigeon, 45 Pintail, two Teal, five Pochard, four Red-breasted Mergansers, two Curlews, four Mediterranean Gulls, and three Sandwich Terns. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen anywhere between the Patch and the Lifeboat Station and a Great Skua flew west.
There wasn't a great deal to report from the land other than a Merlin, five Chiffchaffs, two Firecrests and a Black Redstart.
The Audiomoth recorded a few birds overnight with two Curlew, two Blackbirds and 31 Redwings counted.
Three Porpoises were also 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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