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2016 Report

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1st Oct

Rain in the early hours grounded a few migrants in the morning including 40 Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, two Whinchats and six Wheatears whilst a decent overhead passage involved 20 Sand Martins, 1000 Swallows, six Tree Sparrows, a Tree Pipit, 20 Goldfinches, four Siskins and 40 Reed Buntings.
Several seawatches during the day eventually produced two Sooty Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua, two Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas and large numbers of feeding Gannets and Sandwich Terns.

Five Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A Vestal was the only notable moth trapped overnight.

Elsewhere, two Glossy Ibis and the Cattle Egret were feeding in the fields alongside the entrance track on the RSPB Reserve.