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Local weather


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21st Aug

A handful of birds were seen on the land with a Dunlin, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 1050 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, eight House Martins, 40 Yellow Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails while grounded migrants included a couple of Garden Warblers, a few Reed Warblers, six Wheatears and a Whinchat.

Seawatching remains fairly slow going but 5,5 hours of observation produced a Balearic Shearwater, four Redshank and a Little Gull along with 18 Mediterranean Gulls and six loitering Arctic Skuas offshore.

There was an increase in Porpoise numbers with at least 12 offshore along with two Grey Seals and a Common Seal. A Badger was feeding in the garden just before midnight.

There was a bit of interest in the moth trap with two Rest Harrows, a Rosy Wave and another Clouded Buff (the fourth Observatory record).