A reasonable morning with plenty of visible migration but not much in the way of grounded migrants other than an excellent total of 40 Ring Ouzels along with 30 Song Thrushes and a Firecrest. Finches were the main component of the visible migration with 170 Chaffinches, 1500 Goldfinches and 700 Linnets along with 12 Skylarks, eight Fieldfares, 16 Tree Sparrows, two Grey Wagtails, a Rock Pipit, 170 Chaffinches and 30 Reed Buntings. Whilst counting the Cormorants leaving the Reserve and going out to sea to feed one flock was seen which also held three Great White Egrets and a Little Egret and which ended up dropping down into the Long Pits.
There was a small movement of mainly wildfowl offshore with 70 Wigeon, three Pintail and the first Red-breasted Merganser of the autumn along with a Sooty Shearwater and a Pomarine Skua of note.
Four Mediterranean Gulls and 28 Sandwich Terns were feeding offshore.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
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