A cold north easterly wind produced a blustery day with little movement on the sea or the land.
On the land a Blackcap was singing at the top of the Long Pits and another was in a private garden on the estate. Other spring migrants included three Chiffchaffs, 12 Wheatear and a Firecrest.
On the sea the number of waterfowl had dropped away. Only 54 Common Scoter, 12 Brent Geese, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, four Shoveler, four Wigeon and four Teal. 40 Red-throated Divers, 160 Sandwich Tern and two Common Tern were also noted.
A single Grey Seal and eight Harbour Porpoise were also seen on the sea.
Elsewhere a Crane was visible in the evening from Boulderwall at the RSPB Reserve.
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