A frosty clear start to the day, rapidly changing to thick fog but clearing by mid-morning which produced very few migrants, a single Blackcap was trapped in the moat whilst only four Chiffchaffs were recorded. Three Black Redstarts and two Wheatears were also recorded in the trapping area. The undoubted highlight for one observer was a Serin feeding with a Linnet flock close to the Old Lighthouse and identified from photographs this evening.
The sea produced a single female Eider floating towards the patch this morning although little other waterfowl was recorded with only two Shoveler, seven Red-breasted Mergansers and 13 Common Scoter all moving east. A single Great Skua was also noted.
A Weasel was seen close to the old lighthouse. Singles of both Common and Grey Seal along with at least ten Porpoise were also recorded on the sea.
The warm weather this afternoon also brought out several butterflies with the Large Tortoiseshell again being seen in the trapping area. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was also noted.
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Corona Virus Update
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