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7th Oct

A calm, overcast morning saw a bit of movement offshore and a handful of migrants on the land. Over 5.5hrs of seawatching produced 363 Brent Geese, ten Shelduck, 22 Wigeon and 147 Common Scoter,  331 Gannets, 75 Kittiwakes, 36 Mediterranean Gulls, 109 Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua and 11 Arctic Skuas. Nine Grey Herons were also seen offshore 

There was an obvious increase in grounded migrants with 60 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcaps and a Wheatear of note. Birds passing overhead included 750 Swallows and 200 House Martins, eight Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, two Rock Pipits, 60 Goldfinch and 15 Siskin. A Kingfisher was also seen at the Long Pits. 

Good numbers of mammals were seen offshore today with eight Porpoises, four Grey Seals and a Common Seal.

A female Large Conehead was found in the Trapping Area.

Some repairs to the MOTUS tower were carried out. Thanks to Ewan and Sue Parsons for doing the necessaries.

Elsewhere, two Glossy Ibis and nine Cattle Egrets were seen with the cattle in the fields alongside the entrance track to the RSPB Reserve.