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2016 Report

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13th April

Another decent day with a good scattering of migrants on the land and a steady easterly movement of birds offshore.

Five Lesser Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler and a Ring Ouzel were all new for the year and a male Redstart was also seen along with small numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and five Whitethroats. A Brambling, a Redpoll and seven Swallows also flew over and two Sand Martins departed to the south.

The sea was watched for 7.5 hours and though rarely busy produced a few decent birds including two Black-throated Divers, four Whimbrel, 87 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, five Mediterranean Gulls, two Little Gulls and a Little Tern. Numbers were provided by 106 Curlews, 640 Sandwich Terns and 764 Common Terns.  

At least 38 Porpoise were feeding offshore - just one short of the day record. A Weasel was also noted.

The first Grizzled Skipper of the spring was seen at the northern end of the recording area.