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Local weather


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20th Oct

Grounded migrants were fairly scarce but did include an excellent total of 29 Firecrests and two Dartford Warblers and a late Wheatear were also seen again. There was a decent overhead passing passage which included 73 Skylarks, 24 Swallows, 129 Fieldfares, 240 Redwings, 50 Song Thrushes and five Mistle Thrushes, late Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit, 14 Bramblings, 49 Redpolls, 540 Goldfinches and 103 Siskins

Seawatching produced 31 Pintail, 29 Teal, a Scaup and 942 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater, an excellent total of 186 Little Gulls, 11 Mediterranean Gull and five Sandwich Terns.

Singles of Porpoise and Grey Seal were seen offshore, a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert and a Badger made an evening visit to the Observatory garden.