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30th Sep

After what seems like days of wind and rain today dawned calm and meant a slow seawatch but plenty of birds on the land and passing overhead. Highlights on the land included a Turtle Dove, a flyover Wood Lark and a late Spotted Flycatcher whilst numbers of grounded migrants included 60 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcaps, a Firecrest, 11 Goldcrests, a Whinchat, three Wheatears. Birds passing overhead included a Hobby, 100 Sand Martins, 1400 Swallows, 400 House Martins, eight Grey Wagtail, 350 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 55 Chaffinches, 40 Goldfinches, the first two Siskins of the autumn and 13 Reed Buntings
The highlights of the seawatching were four Mediterranean Gulls, a Great Skua and nine Arctic Skuas.

A male Red-veined Darter was seen in the Desert and a Hornet and 50+ Ivy Bees were feeding at Ivy in the Lighthouse Garden.

Elsewhere, the Common Tern showing many (if not all) the features of the Siberian race longipennis. Some more images taken today are shown below.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo ssp longipennis   RSPB   30th September 2019