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16th Sept

The first significant rain for some time probably came too late in the day to produce a large fall of migrants but a scattering of birds in the bushes included singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat whilst birds passing overhead included two Marsh Harriers, an Osprey, four Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and the first Siskin of the autumn.
Over four hours of seawatching produced two Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Arctic Skuas, a juvenile Pomarine Skua and singles of Great Skua and Black Tern of note. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were also roosting on the beach.

Six Porpoises were seen.

Migrant moths trapped overnight included another Convolvulus Hawkmoth along with a Gem and a Vestal.