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2016 Report

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8th Oct

With calm conditions there was a small arrival of migrants on the land and passing overhead. A few Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, four Song Thrushes and a Wheatear were of note on the land whilst birds passing overhead included a Wood Lark, 39 Sky Larks, 130 Swallows, eight Tree Sparrows, seven Grey Wagtails, a Brambling, four Redpolls, a Crossbill, 24 Siskins and 37 Reed Buntings.

An Eider, an Arctic Skua and a Mediterranean Gull were the only notable birds at sea.

Six Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A good selection (for October) of butterflies were seen including two Clouded Yellows and a Brown Argus. The best of the moths trapped overnight were another Delicate and a Dark Swordgrass and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was also seen by day.
A female Red-veined Darter was seen along the front of the power station.