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20th Sep

With a light NW wind during the morning there was a small arrival of birds on the land and passing overhead while the sea also provided plenty of interest with large numbers of birds attracted to some huge baitballs of fish. Of note on the land were an early but elusive Yellow-browed Warbler in the trapping area along with eight Grey Plovers, 1675 Swallows, 15 Blackcaps, a Firecrest, two Redwings, three Grey Wagtails and 20 Reed Buntings. The morning seawatch was fairly quiet except for 11 Wigeon, 390 Common Scoters, a party of six Curlew Sandpipers and 400 Sandwich Terns and a distant Phalarope species but among the masses feeding offshore in the afternoon where four Sooty Shearwaters, a Little Gull, 25 Mediterranean Gulls, at least 1000 Sandwich Terns and 100 Arctic Skuas

Ten Porpoise and three Grey Seals were seen offshore.

Our first Clancy's Rustic of the autumn and a Delicate were the highlights from the moth traps and five Clouded Yellows were seen during the day.