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26th Aug

A big movement of raptors was the highlight of the day with a female Montagu's Harrier heading east and out to sea in the afternoon along with 24 Buzzards and three Marsh Harriers going over. There was also some movement of hirundines with an early pulse of 250 House Martins. Other bits passing over included 15 Tree Sparrows, 33 Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit. Grounded migrants were generally present in small numbers but did include 25 Willow Warblers, 20 Blackcaps, eight Lesser Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Whinchats and eight Wheatears. A party of six Common Sandpipers was on the beach by the Lifeboat Station.
Two Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and over 300 Sandwich Terns were lingering offshore.

Twelve Porpoises, five Grey Seals and two Common Seals were seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

An evening search found one Sickle-bearing Bush Cricket and plenty of Tree Crickets. Four Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen.