A cold day with an increasing northerly wind bringing frequent hail showers and even sleet at one point - is it really May?.
Birds on the land were hard to come by but a couple of Hobbies were seen and a Pheasant was calling in the trapping area. A few Swifts, Swallows and 44 House Martins also moved around the various showers.
The sea was also fairly slow but over eight hours of watching produced a Velvet Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, six Avocets, four Mediterranean Gulls, 476 Sandwich Terns, 21 Arctic Terns, four Black Terns, a Great Skua and six Arctic Skuas of interest.
At least 24 Porpoises were counted as they fed offshore along with a Grey Seal and two Brown Hares were seen on the beach by the fishing boats.
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