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16th Oct

Two Great White Egrets and a flock of six Wood Larks flew over the Long Pits and were the highlights of the visible migration along with 115 Skylarks, 430 Swallows, 16 Tree Sparrows, 55 'alba' Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, three Bramblings, 23 Redpolls, 700 Goldfinches, 160 Siskins and 55 Reed Buntings. Grounded migrants included 65 Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and 12 Goldcrests and two Dartford Warblers were seen again.

Seawatching produced 1047 Gannets, 42 Kittiwakes, five Mediterranean Gulls, 19 Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua and 401 Razorbills.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Shieldbugs continue to provide interest with three Ornate Shieldbugs and lots of Brassica Bugs at the front of the Observatory and a Mottled Shieldbug on the wall of the Railway Cafe.