Very warm and light rain and no wind from first light seemed like perfect conditions for a decent arrival of migrants. However, it turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. The best of the few grounded migrants were two Firecrests, three Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Blackcaps, four Song Thrushes, two Spotted Flycatchers, five Wheatears, a Redstart and a Whinchat. Overhead passage was limited to a few Swallows and good numbers of Meadow Pipits and three Grey Wagtails, four Siskins and 66 Goldfinches.
Seawatching was very slow with just a steady passage of Sandwich Terns and three Black Terns and three lingering Arctic Skuas and one Great Skua lingering offshore. A Mediterranean Gull was also seen.
Five Porpoises, a Common Seal and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen in the Desert.
Nothing of any great interest in the way of migrants in the moth trap but two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day.
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