Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A very similar day to the preceding one saw a continuation of the westerly wind and a similar selection of seabirds passing by offshore. Counts at the end of the morning came to 1050 Kittiwakes, 2300 auks (of which around 80% were Razorbills and the remainder Guillemots), 105 Black-headed Gulls, four Fulmars, two Manx Shearwaters, three Dunlins, a Little Gull and a Great Northern Diver. The most impressive spectacle was a relentless incursion of Starlings coming in off the sea in front of the seawatching hide – around 4500 arrived (in many small flocks) and proceeded to spend the morning feeding around the north west fields. A Woodcock and six Goldcrests were in the plantation, the two Black Redstarts were still present and 29 Redwings were counted.

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