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7th Oct

With the wind finally dropping during the day there was a bit more to be seen in the bushes but the sea passage almost came to a halt.
Two Yellow-browed Warblers were found, one in the trapping area and one in the Lighthouse Garden, and so may have been the same individuals as seen a few days ago. Clearly fresh in were 12 Ring Ouzels and numbers of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs increased along with five Firecrests. Overhead, a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 90 Siskins and 18 Reed Bunting were of note.
Around mid-morning a very large, sandy looking falcon flew across the Point with a Peregrine Falcon in hot pursuit. It was thought to be a Saker with the proviso that on the views a hybrid falconers bird could not be totally ruled out.
Five Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and just one Arctic Skua was seen.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, the fields along the access track to the RSPB Reserve still hold the Cattle Egret and two Glossy Ibis and the goose flock contained a few White-fronted Geese. Up to 12 Great White Egrets can be seen in the general area with most of them at the western end of ARC. An Osprey and a female Hen Harrier have also be seen on the Reserve and a Garganey still lingers with the Coot on the first lake just south of Boulderwall. Two Little Stints have been showing all week on Burrowes Pit..