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Counting period: 07:15 - 13:15
Weather (first period): wind WSW2, cloud-cover 2/8, visibility 50000m, temperature 8 ℃, First clear day for 10 days, first SW winds after 10 days of easterlies. Pressure 1014 mb rising quickly from 998 yesterday
Observers (first period): Clive McKay, Alistair Shuttleworth

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Mute Swan *  4  -  Grey Wagtail  20  -  Chaffinch  11  -  
Pink-footed Goose *  6844  115  alba wagtail sp.  417  -  finch sp. *  185  -  
Wigeon *  2  -  Pied Wagtail  47  -  Greenfinch  43  -  
Common Buzzard *  2  -  Wheatear *  1  -  Goldfinch  495  -  
Golden Plover  18  -  Blackbird  1  -  Siskin  114  -  
Snipe  3  -  Song Thrush  1  -  Linnet  1446  -  
Skylark *  1217  -  Mistle Thrush *  -  1  Lesser Redpoll  121  -  
Swallow  362  -  Carrion Crow *  4  -  Yellowhammer  3  -  
House Martin  105  -  House Sparrow *  25  -  Reed Bunting  9  -  
Meadow Pipit *  654  -  Tree Sparrow *  261  -  Red Admiral  2  -  

Totals: 12533 individuals, 30 species, 6:00 hours

Present: Sparrowhawk 1, Goldfinch 30

Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)
* = Additional info (on mouseover species)
Comments: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A TWO OBSERVER DAY MAKES! Highest site counts for Skylark, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow (c. 4x previous highest), Goldfinch and Linnet (2x previous highest); 2nd highest Lesser Redpoll and 3rd highest P-f Goose. And that's only the ones we managed to spot/ID/count... Got over teh 200 hr mark for observer coverage today - Carnoustie remains a not very well-watched site. 1st HOUR AD (after dawn). A veritable avalanche of birds in light winds at all heights coming from all directions. At times it seemed like we were missing more than we were counting. ; 2nd HOUR AD: Pinks, Skylarks, Linnets and Tree Sparrows picking up.; THIRD HOUR AD: House Sparrows on the move, not often seen here, plus lots of Tree Sparrows and Linnets. Lots of the less common species missed among these flocks. ; 4th HOUR AD: Getting easier to spot stuff with a little more cloud, and a little more breeze pushing birds onto the coast and making them fly lower.





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