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24th August

Desperately quiet in the bushes again with barely a migrant to be seen and just two Whinchats and seven Wheatears of any interest. Overhead passage improved a bit with 70 Sand Martins, 950 Swallows, 75 Yellow Wagtails and a Corn Bunting moving SE during the day. At least 20 Swifts were flying around the Point this evening.
The sea picked up a bit in the afternoon with 14 Balearic Shearwaters (including a flock of 12) and two Black Terns and two lingering Arctic Skuas.

At least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore..

Moth trapping produced a Cypress Pug and our second Double Kidney of the year. Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen and four Clouded Yellows came in off the sea.

The Tree Crickets and Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets gave another good showing this evening with a new adult male and a new male nymph of the latter.