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13th Aug

After a thunderstorm which arrived at 0130hrs it was hoped that a few migrants might be dropped but in the end only a Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 12 Willow Warblers and six Wheatears were all that could be found of any note. Overhead passage was limited to a Little Ringed Plover, a Grey Wagtail and 15 Yellow Wagtails.

There was a slight improvement in the numbers of birds feeding offshore with a Sooty Shearwater, three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, four Little Terns and 17 Black Terns of interest.

The numbers of moths coming to the light-traps remains fairly low but did include only our third-ever Clouded Buff, an increasingly scarce Lesser Swallow Prominent, four Tree-lichen Beauty's and another Jersey Tiger. A Holly Blue butterfly was also of note.


Clouded Buff Diacrissia sanno, Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria and a Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnomaon
At least 20 Porpoises were feeding in a flat calm sea this evening along with four Grey Seals.