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28th Feb

Another cold, windy and wet day with not a great deal to be seen in the miserable conditions. The best the sea could offer was five Pintail heading east.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

27th Feb

Another cold day with a strong NE wind blowing. Seawatching produced 375 Great Crested Grebes, 67 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, 56 Common Gulls, 216 Guillemots, a Fulmar, 39 Red-throated Divers and 369 Gannets.

Five Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

26th Feb

A cold, breezy and fairly unpleasant day with most of the coverage limited to seawatching where a two-hour watch produced nine Teal, two Dunlin, 19 Kittiwakes, 32 Common Gulls, 242 Guillemots, 1037 Gannets and 18 Red-throated Divers heading east.

Six Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore. 

25th Feb

A two-hour seawatch this morning produced three Red-breasted Mergansers and a Mediterranean Gull flying west and 42 Red-throated Divers and 396 Gannets flying east. Several Mediterranean Gulls were also seen off the fishing boats during the day and 240 Great Crested Grebe were feeding offshore. A Dartford Warbler, a Firecrest and seven Stonechats were of note on the land.

A Grey Seal was seen on the beach.

24th Feb

Heavy frost this morning and then calm and cloudy for much of the day. A Woodcock, a Chiffchaff, two Dartford Warblers, a Firecrest, nine Stonechats and a Fieldfare were seen in the bushes. Very quiet offshore although 390 Great Crested Grebes feeding offshore and 12 Dunlin flew east were of interest.

Seven Porpoises were feeding offshore.

23rd Feb

 A Merlin at the fishing boats was the only bird of note.

22nd Feb

There were signs of a bit of movement today. On the land two Wood Larks were of note along with a Golden Plover, a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff and a Dartford Warbler. There was very little moving offshore so a Red-necked Grebe sat on the sea with the Great Crested Grebes was a nice surprise.

Two Porpoises were seen. 

21st Feb

Very quiet. A handful of Brent Geese and 22 Sanderlings were about the only birds moving offshore. Two  Dartford Warblers were seen on the land.

A Badger was seen in the Observatory garden.

20th Feb

A 2.5hr seawatch this morning produced 43 Brent Geese, 341 Red-throated Divers and 861 Gannets heading east while a Redshank and good numbers of Kittiwakes and auks flew west.

A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

19th Feb

A fine, bright and sunny day but very little to be seen. A Woodcock and three Snipe were of note at the Long Pits.

18th Feb

Another quiet day offshore with 170 Brent Geese, a Sandwich Tern and 221 Gannets moving east, three Shovelers passing west and another brief-stopping Caspian Gull at the Point. A Woodcock was seen at the Long Pits.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen near the Lifeboat Station.

17th Feb

A quiet seawatch this morning produced just two Gadwall west and a Mediterranean Gull and 116 Red-throated Divers east. A first-winter Caspian Gull dropped in briefly in a small roost of gulls at the Point. A Dartford Warbler was seen in a private garden.

Two Porpoises were seen offshore.

16th Feb

A two-hour seawatch this morning produced 105 Brent Geese, three Mediterranean Gulls, 238 Red-throated Divers and 387 Gannets passing east.

15th Feb

A bit of movement offshore this morning saw 54 Brent Geese, 643 Guillemots and 660 auk species passing east.

A check of the land produced two Jack Snipes at the Long Pits.

Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.

14th Feb

A day of limited coverage with very thick fog through the morning reducing visibility to a few metres at times. Even so, a Dartford Warbler and a Firecrest were seen on the Point.

13th Feb

A two-hour seawatch this morning saw the first significant easterly movement of Brent Geese for some time with 449 birds seen. Two Pintails were also seen but there was very little else.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

12th Feb

A damp, dreary day which saw very little movement offshore and two Firecrests at the Long Pits.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

11th Feb

It remains very quiet with just 58 Brent Geese moving east of interest.

A Porpoise was feeding offshore.

10th Feb

Very quiet.

A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

9th Feb

Generally very quiet but a first-winter Caspian Gull was seen at the Patch and a Chiffchaff was feeding in the Lighthouse Garden.

Four Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

8th Feb

Eight Teal were seen on the Long Pits, a Jack Snipe was seen at the Wigwams and three Chiffchaffs were feeding in the Lighthouse Garden.

7th Feb

 Very little to report with little coverage.

6th Feb

A search of the land produced two Jack Snipe at the Long Pits, a Redshank overhead  and a Dartford Warbler in the bushes to the south of the Trapping Area. The sea was quiet except for a total of 305 Red-throated Divers east in an hour this morning along with a Mediterranean Gull.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

5th Feb

A check of the flooded pools to the east of the Long Pits produced two Jack Snipe. A Chiffchaff was seen in the Lighthouse Garden.

The sea was very quiet this morning.

A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

4th Feb

A 90-minute seawatch this morning produced 45 Shovelers and 151 Red-throated Divers moving east. Two Chiffchaffs were seen in the Lighthouse Garden.

3rd Feb

A walk around the trapping area this morning produced singles of Chiffchaff and Firecrest.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring at the Winter Honeysuckle flowers in the Observatory garden was unexpected. 

2nd Feb

 Very little coverage. A one-hour seawatch produced 159 Red-throated Divers but very little else.

1st Feb

 A calm day but very little to be seen. A single Mediterranean Gull was seen offshore.