Huge numbers of Sandwich Terns (2350) moved west into Rye Bay this morning with some returning back into Lade Bay during the day. In addition, 25 Mediterranean Gulls, six Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua, seven Brent Geese, the first Red-throated Diver of the autumn and a Sooty Shearwater were also seen.
Very quiet on the land although a Hen Harrier and a Merlin flew through along with five Grey Wagtails, two Yellow Wagtails and a Rock Pipit and around 20 Blackcaps were seen in the bushes.
Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere, the Pectoral Sandpiper was seen again at ARC.
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