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Tuesday 11th October 2016

An excellent day of migration. A Barn Owl was along the approach road at dawn and on the sea 120 Common Scoters, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 250+ Gannets, 18 Great Crested Grebes, a Razorbill, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Kittiwake were recorded. Raptors included a Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine. Three Water Rails were calling around the Broadwater and 2 Tawny owls were in the pines. A Whimbrel and 28 Curlew were also counted. Most numerous today were Goldcrests with at least 350 present. 5 Cetti's Warblers, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Warblers, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 25 Song Thrushes, 100 Redwings, 80 Robins, a male Stonechat, 3 Grey Wagtails, 65 Meadow Pipits, 2 Rock Pipits, 15 Bramblings, 3 Redpolls, 10 Siskins and a Yellowhammer were also recorded.

In the moth trap Black Rustic, Lunar Underwing, Feathere Ranunculus and Large Wainscot were counted, and in the afternoon sunshine Common and Ruddy Darter were around the Obs together with several Migrant Hawkers.