A calm but wet start to the day saw lots of birds moving overhead and a few birds in the bushes while seawatching improved as the wind increased in the afternoon. Highlights of the overhead migration were two Woodlarks, two Bearded Tits and 15 Tree Sparrows and numbers were provided by 68 Stock Dove, 54 Skylarks, 230 Swallows, two Grey Wagtails, 250 Meadow Pipits, two Rock Pipits, two Bramblings, a Bullfinch, an excellent total of 2400 Goldfinch, 41 Siskin and 38 Reed Buntings.
Grounded migrants included two Short-eared Owls, 40 Chiffchaffs, 25 Blackcaps, three Whitethroats, two Firecrests, eight Ring Ouzels, a Fieldfare, 40 Song Thrushes and two Wheatears.
Five hours of seawatching produced a Sooty Shearwater, 65 Little Gulls, 614 Sandwich Terns, four Great Skuas and 32 Arctic Skuas of note. The two first-winter Caspian Gulls were seen at the fishing boats again.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Stoat and a Bank Vole were seen on the land.
A Western Conifer Seed-bug was found this evening at Southview Cottage.
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