The strong easterly wind was still blowing this morning and did little to improve the birding although it had dropped away by mid-afternoon.
One of the main features of the day was a large gathering of seabirds feeding offshore which included a first-winter Caspian Gull, at least 30 Mediterranean Gulls and eight Little Gulls, an Arctic Skua and a Great Skua and unusually, a Tufted Duck with a group of three Common Scoters.
Birds were far from plentiful on the land but they did include a Woodcock, seven Firecrests, 14 Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, four Ring Ouzels, 15 Song Thrushes, four Black Redstarts and two Mistle Thrushes. A Great White Egret came in and headed inland
At least six Porpoises were feeding close inshore this afternoon.
A Grey Squirrel was also seen in one of the private gardens.This is probably a new mammal species for the Observatory recording area although not a totally unexpected one as there have been several records from nearby in recent months.
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