Migrants on the land included a Wood Lark, a few Skylarks, six Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and the first Grey Wagtail of the spring. A visiting pair of Peregrine Falcons came into the area and were immediately chased off by the resident pair and a Marsh Harrier was hunting in the Desert. It was still very quiet offshore although a Red-necked Grebe passing east was of note along with a Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Skua moved west. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen off the fishing boat again and three Mediterranean Gulls were seen at the Patch.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a young Brown Hare was also seen.
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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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