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17th Apr

The clear highlight of today was a Black Kite which spent a couple of hours this morning flying around the Point and even landing for a time in the Desert, before heading off north-east. Other migrants on the land were almost non-existent but did include a Jay. Nearly ten hours of seawatching produced three Garganey, 59 Shoveler, six Pintails, 28 Velvet Scoters, 636 Common Scoters, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, six Black-throated Divers, 118 Whimbrels, 11 Little Gulls, 17 Mediterranean Gulls, 611 Sandwich Terns, five Little Terns and nine Arctic Skuas.

Thirty Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore, a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert and a Badger came into the Observatory garden this evening.

An example of the rare beetle Hister quadrimaculatus was found in the Moat.