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2016 Report

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29th Oct

A total of six hours of seawatching produced some good totals and unusual species but is still not yielding any really significant seabirds. Of particular note were five Velvet Scoters, a Long-tailed Duck, 17 Little Gulls, nearly 400 Mediterranean Gulls and a Hen Harrier which flew out to sea. Other bits and pieces included 196 Brent Geese, 33 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, a Pintail, 20 Teal, 34 Dunlin, a Knot, and 18 Sandwich Terns.

Although most of the interest was offshore a few birds were seen on the land and included this fine Ring Ouzel seen at very close range in a private garden on the Point and two Dartford Warblers were also nearby. Starlings continued to arrive with 765 birds seen to come in from the east.




Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.