Given the weather conditions it was a very disappointing day with hardly a migrant to be seen in the bushes and just a trickle of birds overhead until Swallows began to arrive at the Point in the late afternoon. They seemed reluctant to go out and gathered on the overhead lines and increased to around 2000 birds before they headed back inland as the sun set. The only birds of note in the bushes were a couple of Firecrests and the first Goldcrest of the autumn whilst 25 Yellow Wagtails, 17 Grey Wagtails and five Tree Pipits passed through in the morning.
A Balearic Shearwater, five lingering Arctic Skuas and a couple of Great Skuas were about the best the sea had to offer.
At least 12 Porpoises were feeding offshore.
The overnight moth-trapping was also poor with just a Scarce Bordered Straw of interest.
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