More of the same with small numbers of grounded migrants and an increasing overhead passage. Notable among the grounded migrants were ten Reed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, three Redstarts, 12 Wheatears and birds going over included ten Buzzards, 350 Sand Martins, three Grey Wagtails and three Tree Pipits.
Offshore, five Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and two Black Terns were of note.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Another female Southern Oak Bush-cricket was found inside the Observatory building and the Tree Crickets were singing well this evening.
Elsewhere, the big news was of a Terek Sandpiper on the RSPB Reserve this morning. Unfortunately despite being seen well and photographed it promptly disappeared after the initial sighting. The Cattle Egrets were still present in remarkable numbers although the flock seems to have become reduced to eight individuals. There was no sign of the American Black Tern.
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