The bird of the day was a Red-rumped Swallow which flew quickly north along the beach this afternoon but was unfortunately seen by only one observer. It was otherwise quiet again on the land with a Green Sandpiper, a Sedge Warbler, three Song Thrushes, 12 Wheatears and three Yellow Wagtails being about the best of the rest.
The sea was much more productive with birds passing east for most of the day although overall numbers were not that spectacular. Higher counts included 209 Brent Geese (with one Pale-bellied), 847 Common Scoter, 41 Whimbrel, 429 Bar-tailed Godwits, 37 Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Little Gulls and 919 Common/ic Terns. Variety was provided by five Egyptian Geese, five Eider, two Black-throated Divers, seven Knot, a Little Tern, five Great Skuas and eight Arctic Skuas.
At least ten Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
The first Grizzled Skipper of the year was seen at the Long Pits where a Terrapin species was also seen.
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Corona Virus Update
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