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6th Apr

The wind moved back into the south today and resulted in an excellent seawatch and with 12.5 hrs of coverage. Species of note were five Garganeys, four Pintail, three Scaup, 12 Velvet Scoters, four Black-throated Divers, four Arctic Skuas, 89 Little Gulls and the first two Little Terns of the year while numbers were provided by 56 Shovelers, 28 Teal, 3050 Common Scoters, 503 Gannets, 1747 Sandwich Terns and 649 Common Terns. The Glaucous Gull was also seen again and three Sand Martins came in - also new for the year for us. A ringtail Hen Harrier also flew south.

Small numbers of migrants continue to appear on the land with our first Redstart of the year seen at the Long Pits along with three Willow Warblers and two Firecrests.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, the Hoopoe was seen again on various tracks between the Model Aircraft Club Airfield at Midley and Baynham Farm.


Hoopoe Upupa epops   Baynham Farm   6th April 2018
The Hoopoe was more mobile today and in the afternoon it was feeding in the garden of Baynham Farm.