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15th Oct

After the riches of yesterday it was always likely to be a quieter day which turned out to be the case. Having said that there were still plenty of birds to be seen. Grounded migrants included another brief Yellow-browed Warbler, three Blackcaps, two Firecrests, 25 Goldcrests, seven Ring Ouzels, 40 Blackbirds, 12 Redwings, 20 Song Thrush, ten Black Redstarts and a Wheatear while migrants passing over included two Buzzards, a Woodlark, 15 Swallows, four Grey Wagtails, eight Rock Pipits, 500 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 345 Redpolls, seven Crossbills, 3400 Goldfinches and 64 Siskins. The sea was fairly slow but 330 Brent Geese, 18 Shelduck, 47 Wigeon, 11 Teal, an Eider, seven Mediterranean Gulls, 60 Sandwich Terns and six Arctic Skuas were of note from three hours of watching.

Singles of Grey Seal and Porpoise were feeding offshore.