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13th Mar

Fresh southerly winds at first meant more seawatching but passage seems to be dwindling now after several days of similar weather. Over four hours this morning 492 Brent Geese, two Shovelers, five Eider, 226 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Fulmars, 823 Gannets, 302 Kittiwakes, four Little Gulls, ten Mediterranean Gulls, 22 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua. The first Wheatear of the spring was seen on the beach but the only other interest were a single Firecrest and two Black Redstarts.

The highlight of the day was probably a pod of seven Bottle-nose Dolphins which passed east close inshore in the morning. Four Porpoises were also seen.