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18th Oct

The lack of migrants on the land continues but over three hours of seawatching provided some interest with eight Red-throated Divers, 373 Gannets, 167 Kittiwakes, 55 Mediterranean Gulls, 93 Sandwich Terns, four Arctic Skuas and 98 Razorbills. Four Merlins were also hunting around the fishing boats. Visible migration was limited to six Swallows, 1150 Starlings, two Bramblings, six Greenfinches and 120 Goldfinches. There was a late Common Sandpiper on the southern Long Pit.

Two Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, the Cattle Egret flock rose to 13 birds along with the two regular Glossy Ibis and two first-winter Caspian Gulls were seen on Burrowes in the afternoon.