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31st July

There was a very small arrival of migrants on the land this morning involving just three Willow Warblers and singles of Sedge and Garden Warbler along with 14 Sand Martins overhead.

Seawatching was also hard work but six Whimbrel, 14 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, two Mediterranean Gulls, four juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and two Arctic Skuas were eventually noted. A Wood Sandpiper flew over the Observatory calling as it went not long after dark.

Three Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore and a Badger came into the Observatory garden for a feed.

Three Clouded Yellows were seen.

A search for orthoptera produced a singing male Great Green Bush-cricket at the northern end of the Long Pits whilst eight Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets nymphs and four Tree Cricket nymphs were found in the more usual location. A couple of Common Groundhoppers were also found.

Ten Bishop's Mitre Shieldbugs were also found at the northern end of the estate