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25th Aug

The threatened thunderstorms never really materialized except for a few minutes of rain in mid-morning. A handful of migrants were grounded and included 40 Willow Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher and four Whinchats and 125 Swallows, 78 Yellow Wagtails and four Tree Pipits flew over. The sea was generally quiet but it did produce the bird of the day in the form of a Dotterel which came in and landed briefly on the beach as well as 11 Teal, four Pochard, five Sanderling, a juvenile Caspian Gull, an Arctic Skua and a Balearic Shearwater. An anting flock of gulls this evening held at least 50 Mediterranean Gulls.

Seven Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare and a Stoat were seen on dry land. 

Three singing Large Cone-heads and six Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets were found in a short search this evening.