Another day of miserable weather with strong and cold N by NNE winds and heavy cloud. The highlight of the day was the short visit in mid-afternoon by the adult Laughing Gull to the Patch before it was flushed by dogwalkers and it flew off in a westerly direction. Eight Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Tern were also of note at the Patch whilst seawatching revealed a strong westerly movement of Gannets but not much else.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Although the overnight weather conditions were poor the moth trap was still operated but only six moths were trapped including a single Diamond-backed Moth. However the walk between the two hides on the beach produced a count of another 400 and there must be thousands in the area as they are being reported in huge numbers across the country.
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