There was a decent arrival today with a Short-eared Owl, 15 Willow Warblers, 55 Chiffchaffs, 60 Blackcaps, 20 Lesser Whitethroats, 50 Whitethroats, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Redstart, two Whinchats, 13 Wheatears, 50 Yellow Wagtails, 70 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit and ten Siskins of note. A Green Sandpiper flew over the area after dark.
There was a slight improvement in the birds seen offshore with a Balearic Shearwater, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and five Arctic Skuas of note.
Five Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land. The evening visit to the trapping area produced contacts on the Bat Detector with Nathusius's and Common Pipistrelles.
Nocturnal surveying for orthoptera continues to be very productive with 12 Large Coneheads and eight Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets along with an excellent chorus from the Tree Crickets. Two Southern Oak Bush-crickets were seen at the Observatory.
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