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23rd Oct

With strong winds and frequent heavy showers most of the interest was offshore where there was a record-breaking movement of Little Gulls with 1125 birds passing west. Over nine hours of watching also produced a Pintail, three Velvet Scoters, a Great Northern Diver, a Leach's Petrel, a Balearic Shearwater, 178 Mediterranean Gulls, four Great Skuas, a Pomarine Skua, two Puffins and 1475 Razorbills. Three Caspian Gulls were also loafing around the beach and fishing boats.

Coverage of the land was limited but the Yellow-browed Warbler and a Dartford Warbler were seen again during a brief spell of nicer weather and birds passing overhead included 44 Swallows, a Rock Pipit, five Redpolls and 250 Goldfinches.

A Grey Seal and three Porpoises were seen offshore.

The weather overnight was appalling but the moth traps still produced four Palpita vitrealis, a Delicate and two Scarce Bordered Straws. Four Ornate Shieldbugs were also found.