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Friday 12th October 2018

Gale force winds hampered birding activities but the Redstart was showing in front of the Richardson Hide on and off throughout the day, a Short-eared Owl flew east over the grazing marsh, an immature male Hen Harrier was logged and a Slavonian Grebe was offshore. Also of interest were a Great Skua, Med Gull, 5 Swallows, a Chiffchaff, 18 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, a Stonechat, a single Brambling and 4 Snow Buntings on the beach.

Another Merveille du Jour and a Green Brindled Crescent were in the moth traps, and a Delicate moth was caught in the village.

Redstart photo by Ray Roche