Wednesday, 16 November 2016

As strong winds continued from the west it was sea watching that was again the most productive. Another late Manx Shearwater effortlessly glided over the stormy sea off the North End where a good passing of auks, a daily occurrence at the moment, took place, 186 Guillemots and 503 Razorbills battling their way south. A nice passage of Herring Gulls past by the North hide, 145 counted in the end, an adult and two first winter Mediterranean Gulls mingled amongst flocks of other passing Gulls, some stopping just out from the hide forming small feeding groups, 72 Black-headed Gulls, three Common Gulls, a Greater Black-backed Gull and 830 Kittiwakes were the final tallies, whilst two Fulmars and four Gannets were additional seabirds.

A Chiffchaff was a new arrival at Nant and was joined by a Goldcrest and, at least for now, the resident Blue Tit in one of the adjacent gardens. A flyover Goldfinch above the Observatory, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Peregrin Falcon gracing the mountainside were the only other sightings of note.

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