On 7th October 1987, a morning of rain and strong winds gave way to a showery afternoon on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly. It was enough to encourage Rod McCann and me to venture out to make the most of the clearance, despite little evidence of new arrivals of birds. We walked over Wingletang, the open, gorse-grown area at the south of the island. We returned by different routes from Horse Point at the

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