After yesterdays miserable weather it was a much a nicer day today and there were even a few migrants about. Of the commoner migrants 30 Willow Warblers and 50+ "Greenland" Wheatears dominated. A Redstart was seen at the Long Pits and two Garden Warblers were caught. Late afternoon saw the arrival of a Red Kite.
Seawatching was fairly slow but nearly eight hours of watching eventually produced eight Manx Shearwaters, a breeding-plumaged Slavonian Grebe, ten Great Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas and a Pomarine Skua and four Little Terns. A Mediterranean Gull was feeding at the Patch.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.
With the first decent bit of weather for some time what was presumably the same Large Tortoiseshell as that seen last week made a brief re-appearance at the north end of the Long Pits. Numbers of Small Coppers are now increasing and a Hairy Dragonfly was also seen.
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