A nice, sunny morning but clouding over and wind freshening from midday. Three Egyptian Geese flew over the area in the morning and even landed for a time in the Desert (this might well be the first record of birds on the ground in the recording area as opposed to simply flying over). A Merlin arrived and five Ravens and a Grey Wagtail also flew over. Grounded migrants were present in very small numbers and included five Chiffchaffs and two Redwings.
Passage offshore remains at a very low level but two Shovelers, two Mediterranean Gulls and a Sandwich Tern were of note. Both the juvenile Iceland and Glaucous Gulls and a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull continue to feed on the shellfish washing up on the beach.
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