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30th Apr

Most of the coverage involved seawatching again today. Nearly ten hours of coverage produced four Velvet Scoters, 430 Common Scoters, five Red-breasted Mergansers, two Black-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, 71 Whimbrel, two Little Gulls, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Little Terns, 15 Great Skuas, four Pomarine Skuas and 22 Arctic Skuas of note. It remains very quiet on the land with just a Buzzard, our first Swift and Garden Warbler of the year, and three Siskin of note. Swallow numbers have been very poor so far so it was good to record 185 birds today.

Mammals seen today included six Porpoises and two Grey Seals, a Weasel in the Trapping Area another evening visit to the garden by a Badger

The wind finally dropped this afternoon and with sunny conditions there was a mass emergence of Grizzled Skippers with at least 30 seen and of Small Coppers with at least 700 seen. The latter included an example of the aberration radiata.