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Monday, 7 November 2016

Monday 7th November 2016


A rather cold, windy and wet morning for the observatory today. Most folk were keeping warm inside whilst viewing from some comfort as sea watching was the order of the day.

It was very quiet on the visual migration front, as expected. Totals included 25 Linnet, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Woodcock, 1 Siskin and 1 Redpoll.

Starlings started to arrive in-off the sea from late morning totalling 102 birds.

Sea watching was pretty decent with birds moving in all directions due to the weather. Totals were 573+ Cormorant, 49 Wigeon, 47 Brent Geese, 13 Common Scoter, 12 Gannet, 11 Eider, 11 Common Gull, 4 Curlew, 4 Shelduck, 3 Guillemot, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Auk, 2 Great Skua, 2 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling (above), 1 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, 1 Goosander and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird ringed this morning.