A bright and sunny, increasingly warm, day with a light SSE to SW breeze. Seawatching was reasonable for the first couple of hours but passage soon petered out whilst migrants were generally few and far between on the land.
The highlight on the land was a typically brief and flighty Serin and a handful of Willow Warblers were about the only other passage birds.
Nearly eight hours of seawatching produced one Eider, 26 Whimbrel, a Black-throated Diver, a Knot, six Great and ten Arctic Skuas, four Little Gulls, five Little Terns and nine Arctic Terns of note along with a trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns.
At least 20 Porpoise were feeding offshore.
Two Red-eared Terrapins were seen in the Long Pits.
A female Brimstone flew through the Observatory garden. Two Light Orange Underwing moths were seen in the trapping area.
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