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2016 Report

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18th Oct

The day was dominated by two species. Seawatching this morning was quiet for passage but there were a record-breaking 1900 Mediterranean Gulls feeding offshore while the afternoon brought another autumn record with a total of 6200 Brent Geese moving west. Other bits on the sea included four Eiders, three Great Skuas and 200 Kittiwakes.
The land was fairly slow going with just a few Chiffchaffs in the bushes and a Wheatear in the Desert. Overhead passage consisted of a few Skylarks, two Fieldfares, pipits and finches with a Rock Pipit and five Bramblings and 50 Siskins of note.

A Common Seal, two Grey Seals and two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Cold and fresh winds overnight limited the moth catch but two Green-brindled Crescents were of some note.