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Friday 1 November 2019

1st Nov – Cetti’s Warbler reappears and seabirds on the move

Friday 1st November

The new month brought some murky conditions, but good birding as Chris & Carol Baillie relate:

"Overnight the winds calmed and moved south and south-southwest bringing fog to the plateau most of the day. Many Chaffinches and some Fieldfare and Redwing headed early into the mist. The Cetti’s Warbler reappeared in the same place it was first seen almost three weeks ago. The two Firecrests remained together with a Chiffchaff and (at least) six Blackcap. Six Teal were on Pondsbury. Feature of the day was a morning passage of seabirds passing Rat Island from the east and east-north-east. This was noticed shortly before 08.00 and involved more than a thousand auk sp. (estimating at least 700 being Guillemots), 750 Kittiwakes, and 40 Gannets. Noticeable was the presence of all Gannet age groups, the last nine days having featured nearly all adults. The passage stopped fairly abruptly, though some birds remained a while to feed off Surf Point. The direction of passage is notable as recent winds have also been easterly."

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