A Balearic Shearwater, 23 Mediterranean Gulls, 858 Sandwich Terns, three Great Skuas and 22 Arctic Skuas were seen during four hours of watching during the day.
A check of the bushes produced the bird of the day in the form of a Treecreeper at the Long Pits along with 31 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, five Firecrests, nine Goldcrests and five Wheatears. A few hirundines, a Yellow Wagtail, five Grey Wagtails, two Tree Pipits and 13 Reed Buntings passed overhead. A Pheasant was also seen.
Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Three Delicates were the highlight of a small overnight catch of moths.
An evening search for crickets produced good numbers of Tree Crickets still singing but no sign of any Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets.
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