The wind had veered into the south by daybreak and induced a steady movement of birds offshore but it remains fairly quiet on the land. The best of seven hours of seawatching included 257 Brent Geese, 23 Shelducks, 25 Shovelers, 16 Pintails, 348 Common Scoters and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, the first Whimbrel of the year, four Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, seven Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull and 11 Common Terns.
A few Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps continue to trickle through on the land. The male rubicola Stonechat remains on its territory.
A Light Orange Underwing was seen at the Long Pits.
At least eight Porpoises were seen offshore.
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Corona Virus Update
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