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2016 Report

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7th May

Very quiet on the land with just two Buzzards, a Yellow Wagtail and a couple of Redpolls overhead of note and barely any sign of a migrant in the bushes.
With a light NE breeze for most of the day the sea was easily the place to be and over 14 hours of watching produced seven Shovelers, 423 Common Scoters, two Black-throated Divers, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Grey Plovers, 78 Sanderling, 138 Knot, 198 Whimbrel, 561 Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Great Skuas, 24 Arctic Skuas, 18 Pomarine Skuas (inc a flock of eight at 1816hrs), two Little Gulls, 853 Sandwich Terns, 3800 "commic" Terns, 106 Arctic Terns, 88 Little Terns and two Black Terns of particular note.

Twenty Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

At least six Grizzled Skippers were seen in and around the trapping area along with the first Clouded Yellow of the year on the seafront.