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26th Apr

Another day of clear skies and a cold NE wind meant a few birds on the land including a Hobby and two Ring Ouzels. The morning seawatch saw a good variety of species but numbers were fairly small but a much heavier passage took place in the afternoon. Notable species and totals included 14 Shelduck, nine Teal, ten Velvet Scoters, 1187 Common Scoters, two Black-throated Divers, two Manx Shearwaters, six Grey Plovers, a second-best ever day total of 684 Whimbrel, 1171 Bar-tailed Godwit, 131 Little Gulls, seven Little Terns, 849 Common Terns, 596 Arctic Terns, 4301 "Commic" Terns, two Black Terns, 13 Great Skuas, 29 Arctic Skuas and a Pomarine Skua.

Ten Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

A Grizzled Skipper and a Holly Blue were of note along with at least 220 Small Coppers.

Elsewhere, a Black Kite was seen on the RSPB Reserve.