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7th Jan

In near-gale SW winds and frequent showers observation were yet again more or less restricted to seawatching. The impressive numbers of birds offshore continues and nearly five hours of watching produced five Shelduck, 14 Wigeon, 120 Dunlin, 2116 Kittiwakes, 3000 Black-headed Gulls, two Little Gulls, seven Mediterranean Gulls, 500 Common Gulls, a third-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 345 Guillemots, 1818 Razorbills, 816 auks sp, 289 Red-throated Divers and 265 Gannets all heading west. In addition there were at least five Caspian Gulls feeding along the tideline with hundreds of Herring Gulls and 584 Brent Geese moved east. However, the most remarkable site was probably the sheer numbers of Cormorant offshore with an estimated 12,000 passing through/feeding offshore.

Two Common Seals and a Grey Seal were also seen.