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Thursday 23 October 2014

23 October - excellent sea watching but little passerine migration

300 Kittiwakes and 80 Gannets off East Side, with them c.10 Manx & c.10! Balearic Shearwaters, plus several Bonxies and Arctic Skuas and one adult pale-phase Pomarine Skua (minus tail spoons). Pod of 50+ Common Dolphins, also a couple of Harbour Porpoises. 1 Lapland Bunting at Heinkel wreck, 1 Snow Bunting on main track near Pondsbury. Tufted Duck still present. Almost zero migration last night or today. Stood for an hour on Castle Hill seeing and hearing almost literally nothing, despite reasonable conditions. Firecrest and handful of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests in Millcombe. Ridiculously low total of 10 Chaffinches! Should be thousands... No thrushes apart from handful of presumed resident Blackbirds. Very poor for time of year; saved by the sea!

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