The first cloudy morning for a few days encouraged a small arrival of migrants with 50 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, nine Blackcaps, five Whitethroats, and singles of Redstart and a briefly seen Ring Ouzel at the Long Pits. A Common (Mealy) Redpoll also made a brief appearance in the Moat this morning.
The first-winter Iceland Gull was feeding at the Patch again but seawatching was fairly quiet with over four hours of observations producing just four Shovelers, 136 Common Scoters, two Red-breasted Mergansers, five Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua, two Great Skuas, three Little Terns and 30 Common Terns of note.
A Red-eared Terrapin was seen at the Long Pits.
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