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15th Sep

A bright and calm morning which turned out to be very disappointing on the land with only small numbers of  grounded migrants including 15 Chiffchaffs, a Redstart and a Whinchat. There was a bit of diurnal movement with 500 Swallows, ten Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, seven Tree Sparrows and 17 Reed Buntings. The Osprey was also seen again.
Most of the interest was surprisingly offshore given the westerly wind. Eight hours of watching produced 12 Wigeon, a Sooty Shearwater, 550 Gannets, an excellent total of 100 Arctic Skuas, 40 Great Skuas and a Pomarine Skua and 1000 Sandwich Terns. Juvenile Little Gull and Yellow-legged Gull.were feeding at the Patch.

A Grey Seal and 12 Porpoise were feeding offshore.

Three Clouded Yellow butterflies and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth were seen.