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8th Jan

A Great Skua was lingering offshore and a Velvet Scoter flew south. A couple of Caspian Gulls came to the offerings at the fishing boats. There was a report of a party of five Waxwings seen flying around the Old Lighthouse before heading north sometime around mid-day. A Chiffchaff was present at the Long Pits.
The Stejneger's Stonechat was still present and just about got onto to the day list for the Observatory area. 

A Common Seal and two Porpoises were feeding offshore. I am not sure if the 'sickly' Grey Seal was present but yesterday it was being fed Whiting by the fisherman like a circus act. It now looks as if it may not be ill at all but a rehabilitated animal.

The Ring-necked Duck was still showing on the RSPB Reserve but had moved to the ARC Pit and two Slavonian Grebes were on New Diggings. There are now two Long-eared Owls in the bushes behind the Dipping Pond near the RSPB Visitors Centre. A first-winter Caspian Gull came into roost on Burrowes.
Four Pink-footed Geese and three Tundra Bean Geese were among large numbers of geese at Scotney and the Black-necked Grebe was on the pit behind the Scotney Court Farm.