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Monday, 14 November 2016

Monday 14th November 2016

Rain up to mid-morning. 1724 Cormorant went out fishing this morning. A couple of winters ago we were trying to break the "1000" barrier with numbers now going through the roof. At least it proves that there must be plenty of fish out at sea to support these sort of numbers. What is also noticeable is that the first birds are starting to come back in before they have all gone out which, again, suggests that the fishing is good for experienced birds as so little time is spent filling their bellies. Seawatching in the rain produced southbound 13 Teal, 10 Great-crested Grebe, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gadwal, Shelduck, Gannet & Razorbill with northbound 218 Common Scoter. Very few migrants in the bushes although 8 Mipits went south overhead regardless of the weather conditions not conducive for visible migration. A walk around the site as the rain curtailed produced a fine first-winter Glaucous Gull on the beach.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.