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Saturday 1st October 2016

A day of good visual migration, with small parties of Pink-feet and 21 Brent Geese on the seawatch, together with 31 Common Scoters and 8 Sandwich Terns also recorded. A Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank and a Kingfisher were of note around the marshes, while a Jay was seen near the Observatory, and 10 Whinchats were present along the sea wall at Thornham, while 4 Bearded Tits were noted nearby. 4 Song Thrushes were of interest, and 3 Stonechats and a Wheatear were also seen. 3 Grey Wagtails, 45 Meadow Pipits and a Rock Pipit were noted, and mid-morning a Richard's Pipit was on the grazing marsh south of the Observatory, joined by a second bird seen coming in from the dunes. Both birds remained out of view behind the hedge south of Broadwater for much of the afternoon. A Lapland Bunting flew over low, calling and headed off east.