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2nd Oct

All the interest was offshore today as the weather went from bad to worse during the day with the wind increasing to force 9 in the evening. The highlights from 6.25hrs of seawatching were two Leach's Petrels, 19 Sooty Shearwaters and 18 Balearic Shearwaters, 17 Great Skuas, 80 Arctic Skuas and a superb juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Other notable sightings included three Manx Shearwaters, 2420 Gannets, four Mediterranean Gulls and a first-winter Caspian Gull. Passerines passing south or south west at the fishing boats included two Sand Martins, six Pied Wagtails and 270 Meadow Pipits.

Four Porpoises and singles of Common and Grey Seal were all feeding close inshore