Most of the days interest was offshore with heavy drizzle and a fresh SE wind during the morning encouraging a decent westerly movement although it had mostly petered out by the early afternoon.
Notable were 60 Grey Plover, 152 Sanderling, 131 Dunlin, 27 Arctic Skuas, an adult Pomarine Skua, five Great Skuas, seven Black Terns, seven Little Terns, 26 Little Gulls and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull. Numbers were provided 290 Gannets, 229 Sandwich Terns and 433 Common Terns. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were loafing offshore.
The bushes were barely covered but a Garden Warbler, seven Lesser Whitethroats and a Redstart were worthy of mention.
At least 12 Porpoises and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
An evening search produced a single Sickle-bearing Bush Cricket and lots of Tree Crickets.
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