Seawatching produced a surprise today with a very early Leach's Petrel west this afternoon. 540 Sandwich Terns also passed west during the day and ten Arctic Skuas passed west during the morning and five more birds were lingering in the afternoon along with an Eider. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was with a small flock of gulls roosting on the beach.
There was a good scatter of migrants in the bushes in the morning with 40 Willow Warblers, four Blackcaps, two Garden Warblers, ten Lesser Whitethroats, 60 Whitethroats and six Wheatears whilst 17 Yellow Wagtails flew over.
Eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.
The resident Red-eared Terrapin was seen in the southern Long Pit this afternoon.
Butterflies included two Clouded Yellows and four Brown Argus and nine Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen..
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