A bright and sunny morning produced a decent bit of visible migration with a Buzzard, 40 Skylarks, seven Swallows, three House Martins, 4000 Starlings, three Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, seven Bramblings, 120 Redpolls, ten Crossbills, 70 Siskins and 25 Reed Buntings and also three Great White Egret which flew west along the shore. Grounded migrants were limited to a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests.
Offshore passage was also fairly limited in the calm conditions with three Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua seen in the afternoon when the huge flock of around 2000 Mediterranean Gulls was still feeding offshore.
Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Despite the cold conditions overnight three Vestals and a Scarce Bordered Straw were caught in the moth traps.
A Brown Argus and very fresh Small Coppers and Common Blues were seen today.
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