Another decent day with light southerly winds and rain during the morning producing a few migrants on the land and a steady easterly passage of birds offshore.
Of note in the bushes were at 18 Firecrests, 18 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, eight Blackcaps, a Whitehroat, yesterdays Redstart still present and also a White Wagtail at the Power Station Sewage Treatment Unit while three Swallows, two Siskins and a Redpoll flew over.
Birds of note offshore included two Garganeys, nine Pintails, two Black-throated Divers, the first Whimbrel (seven) and Arctic Tern (three) of the spring, three Arctic Skuas, 37 Little Gulls and nine Mediterranean Gulls. The Glaucous Gull was still present.
Six Porpoises were feeding offshore.
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