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18th July

A Flying Ant day resulted in hundreds of airborne gulls over the point throughout the day. 80 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding amongst the far more numerous Black-headed Gulls. There was also some visible migration with 300 Sand Martins and six Yellow Wagtails flying over. Three Yellow-legged Gulls were at The Patch.

A Grey Seal and 11 Porpoise were feeding offshore.

17th July

 A quiet day with five juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls at The Patch the only sighting of note.

A Brown Hare was seen on the land and four Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

A Norfolk Hawker was seen in the Trapping Area.

16th July


Blustery conditions brought an increase of terns and gulls offshore. A Roseate Tern was feeding at The Patch early evening where 11 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were also present. The highlight of a short seawatch were two Little Terns.


Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii  The Patch  16th July 2024


Three Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.


15th July

Hirundine numbers increased today with 413 Sand Martins and 45 Swallows passing through along with four Yellow Wagtails.  Eight juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding offshore.

Two Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen.

Moth numbers have not been great of late but last night produced 11 Sussex Emeralds and a Brussels Lace of note.

14th July

Visible migration was the main event today with 55 Swifts, three Buzzards, 210 Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail over. Four juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at The Patch.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

Three Norfolk Hawkers were seen in the Trapping Area again.

13th July

A few birds overhead again today including 50 Swifts, 20 Sand Martins and two Yellow Wagtails. At The Patch there were four Mediterranean Gulls and four juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls

Seven Porpoise were feeding offshore and a Common Pipistrelle was flying around the Observatory and 0030 hours.


12th July

Forty Swifts and 50 Sand Martins passed through. Mediterranean Gulls increased to 18 birds and four juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls by the evening 

Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were also feeding offshore and a Common Pipistrelle was flying around the Observatory in the early hours.

11th July

A Mediterranean Gull and a Yellow-legged Gull were seen at the Patch and 50 Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail flew over.

A Grey Seal was seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.

Eight Norfolk Hawker dragonflies were seen in the Trapping Area.

10th July

Some overhead movement today with 100 Swifts and 200 Sand Martins passing through. Three Mediterranean Gulls and three (two juveniles) Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding offshore.

Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

9th July

Eight Mediterranean Gulls and the first three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls of the year were seen at the Patch and a Cattle Egret flew over the power station.

Three Porpoises and singles of Grey and Common Seal were seen.