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The male Blackcap was again in Marine Gardens. Offshore were 25 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 76 Dunlin, two Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, four Red-throated Divers and 24 Gannets. Later a young Sparrowhawk was trying to get at my quails in the garden.
Walking through Marine Gardens produced three Redwings, Sparrowhawk, a Grey Wagtail, two Goldcrests and a Coal Tit. I then seawatched from the shelter, seeing two Common Scoters, six Red-breasted Mergansers, five Great Crested Grebes, a Ringed Plover, 18 Razorbills, 326 distant auks, eight Kittiwakes, three Mediterranean Gulls, eight Red-throated Divers and 73 Gannets.
Three Shelducks, 11 Wigeon, 19 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Red-throated Divers, nine Red-breasted Mergansers, three Gannets, three Great Crested Grebes, two Mediterranean Gulls, four Sanderling, a Ringed Plover, six Oystercatchers and 255 auk sp from Marine Gardens in a couple of short watches from Marine Gardens today.
A walk around Marine Gardens produced a male Blackcap and a Grey Wagtail. I then looked at the sea from the adjacent beach, logging 31 Red-breasted Mergansers, four Great Crested Grebes, a Sanderling, a Ringed Plover, an Oystercatcher, 10 auk sp, a Red-throated Diver and 12 Cormorants.
A seawatch from the end of Grand Avenue for just over an hour produced five Red-throated Divers, a Common Scoter, a Mute Swan, 16 Razorbills, 280 auk sp, 30 Kittiwakes, 60 Gannets, two Mediterranean Gulls, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Great Crested Grebes and five Oystercatchers.