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4th May

A cloudy start to the day saw the first arrival of migrants of any significance for some times. Overall numbers were fairly small but variety was good with notable highlights of a Turtle Dove and a singing Wood Warbler at the Long Pits and a Wood Lark over the Observatory. Other more typical migrants included two Hobbies, five Sand Martins, 80 Swallows, 30 Willow Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, five Garden Warblers, 15 Wheatears, seven Yellow Wagtails and two Tree Pipits. Seawatching was fairly quiet with 6.25hrs of observations producing just three Great Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas and seven Arctic Skuas of note.

The highlight on the sea was a party of three White-beaked Dolphins along with ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal and in the evening a Badger came to scrounge food in the Observatory garden.

Ten Grizzled Skippers and a Holly Blue were of note among the butterflies seen.