Another stormy night and wet morning produced a big movement of birds overhead and a few birds offshore but grounded migrants were fairly low in numbers. The highlights of the visible migrants were a Woodlark, a Serin and a Lapland Bunting along with 63 Skylarks, 1100 Swallows, 86 House Martins, three Grey Wagtails, 850 Meadow Pipits, four Rock Pipits, 160 Chaffinches, six Bramblings, 1435 Goldfinches, 26 Siskins and 11 Reed Buntings. Grounded migrants included a Jay, two Firecrests, five Ring Ouzels, 13 Redwings, 23 Song Thrushes, and three Wheatears.
Five hours of seawatching produced 14 Wigeon, two Teal, 251 Common Scoters, three Red-breasted Mergansers, a Sooty Shearwater, six Grey Herons, 28 Sanderlings, 11 Little Gulls, 54 Mediterranean Gulls, 122 Sandwich Terns, six Arctic Skuas and 61 Razorbills. The colour-ringed Caspian Gull (X86C) was seen at the fishing boats again.
I also ran the Audiomoth last night and recorded 19 Song Thrushes, two Redwings, a Fieldfare and a brief series of Little Owl calls.
Two Porpoises and singles of Common and Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Weasel was of note on the land.
A Clouded Yellow was seen in the trapping area and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth came in at the fishing boats.
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