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3rd Sep

A good day with birds on land, at sea and overhead. Migrants in the bushes included 50 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 50 Blackcaps, 25 Lesser Whitethroats and ten Whinchats but the highlight was an all-too-brief Hoopoe seen in the evening at the Old Lighthouse. Birds passing overhead included a Honey Buzzard, eight Common Buzzards, a Greenshank, 895 Sand Martins, 2250 Swallows, 125 House Martins, a Tree Sparrow, 60 Yellow Wagtails, 12 Grey Wagtails and four Tree Pipits. Seawatching was slow but with 30 Ringed Plovers, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits and two Mediterranean Gulls of interest.

Four Porpoises were feeding offshore. A Brown Hare was seen on the land.

The moth traps were quite productive with two Vestals, a Cypress Pug, a Shore Wainscot, three Neophopteryx angustella, ten Ancylosis oblitella and a Scrobipalpa ocellatella. A Willow Emerald Damselfly was also seen in the Trapping Area.

An evening search for othoptera proved excellent with 15 Large Coneheads and 15 Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets found and a superb chorus from the Tree Crickets being heard. A Mediterranean Stick-insect in the Observatory Garden was the final goodie of the day.