Snow on and off through the day with blizzard conditions at times especially during the morning. The cold was also beginning to affect the birds with birds passing west offshore including 425 Brent Geese, 350 Wigeon, four Pintail, six Teal, four Grey Plovers, two Bar-tailed Godwits, ten Mediterranean Gulls and a surprise Sandwich Tern. Lots of gulls were feeding the Patch including three first-winter Caspian Gulls. Birds have also started to arrive on the land with another 23 Teal on the Long Pits, two Woodcocks, 26 Snipe, eight Skylarks and eight Redwings.
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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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