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2016 Report

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6th May

With the light north-easterly wind continuing there was very little to be seen on the land but the offshore passage continues. Almost 14 hours of watching produced four Shovelers, two Black-throated Divers, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 26 Grey Plovers, 465 Whimbrel, 647 Bar-tailed Godwits, 26 Knot, 65 Sanderling, three Mediterranean Gulls, 785 Sandwich Terns, 16 Little Terns, 932 Arctic Terns, a Black Tern, two Great Skuas, 16 Pomarine Skuas (inc flocks of five at 1138hrs and six at 1901hrs) and 22 Arctic Skuas. A Little Egret also flew east.

Six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen on the land.

Butterflies numbers are slowly increasing with six Grizzled Skippers and 50 Small Coppers of note.