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28th Sep

Another breezy day with the wind more westerly than previously offshore was reduced and had virtually ceased by mid-morning. The best of the passage were two Balearic Shearwaters and 37 Arctic Skuas
There was a steady overhead passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits during the morning as well as four Grey Wagtails of note. Seven Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat and a two Firecrests were the best on offer in the bushes.

Four Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore. 

Elsewhere, among a small selection of Little Gulls and terns feeding at ARC was this interesting looking Common Tern showing many features of the Siberian race longipennis - notably shorter and deeper all-black bill, slightly dusky underparts and brownish-red legs.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo   adult   ARC   28th September 2019
(Thanks to Colin Turley for the digiscoped image.)