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2016 Report

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4th Oct

Clear skies and early morning mist and then fog rarely produces a great deal on the land and today was no exception. A few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were seen in the bushes, a Wheatear was seen in the Desert and two Rock Pipits were feeding at the fishing boats. Overhead passage was also pretty slow with a trickle of Siskins and Reed Buntings and four Grey Wagtails flying south. A Marsh Harrier also flew over.
Seawatching was fairly productive with over three hours of watching producing singles of Sooty and Manx Shearwaters, a Great Skua, 22 Arctic Skuas and 12 Mediterranean Gulls. Sandwich Terns continue to be seen in large numbers with at least 300 offshore this morning.

Three Hummingbird Hawk-moths and a Scarce Bordered Straw were seen during the day a nd a Delicate was trapped overnight.