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25th Dec

Lots of birds feeding offshore again and the Patch was attracting thousands of gulls. The morning seawatching produced five Shoveler, a Pintail, a Velvet Scoter, a Goosander, 648 Red-throated Divers, ten Sanderling, 145 Kittiwakes, six Mediterranean Gulls, two Great Skuas, 2000 Razorbills, 2000 Guillemots and a Merlin.

A check of the trapping area was fairly quiet although two Chiffchaffs were of note. A Grey Wagtail was also seen at the sewage treatment unit in the power station.

An afternoon check of the Patch was superb with thousands of gulls present. Strong winds and walkers and the sheer numbers of birds made it difficult to observe but a remarkable three Iceland Gulls (two first-years and a second-year), a first-winter Caspian Gull and 30 Mediterranean Gulls were found. A Little Egret also came in with gulls in pursuit.

A small portion of the gulls at the Patch.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.