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2016 Report

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15th Mar

The first couple of hours of this mornings were comparatively quiet compared with yesterday. It started with only large numbers of Gannets, Auks and Red-Throated Divers seen but by 10 am the Brent Geese had started moving again with 421 noted. Common Scoter were slightly down on yesterdays count with 101 counted. Good numbers of Eider were seen with 31 this morning as well as 12 Shelduck and two Pintail. Also of note were 23 Sandwich Terns, a single Little Gull and a Razorbill in a flock of Guillemots. 

The Glaucous Gull was seen flying east and settled at the Fishing Boats joining the Gull flock there.

The real star bird was the first Wheatear of the year which was down by the Lifeboat Station. A male Black Redstart was also frequenting the gorse bushes nearby. A pair were also seen at the Experimental Station. Firecrests were again seen in high numbers and could be seen in many of the gorse thickets on the point. Five were present in the Old Lighthouse Garden and two were seen in the Observatory garden with a pair of Goldcrests. Chiffchaffs were fewer in number today, with a single bird seen in the trapping area and several birds singing up at the end of the Long Pits.