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1st May

There was a small arrival of migrants on the land with the obvious highlight of a singing Wood Warbler in the trapping area. A Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and a Jay in the trapping area were also noteworthy.

Seawatching was fairly slow but picked up again in the afternoon when three Pomarine Skuas were noted. Also seen during the day were 678 Common Scoters, a Black-throated Diver, 11 Whimbrel, 724 Bar-tailed Godwits, six Little Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls, seven Little Terns, eight Black Terns. a Great Skua and 13 Arctic Skuas

At least 16 Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Holly Blue was seen in the Lighthouse Garden.