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15th Sep

Calm, hot conditions limited birds on the land again with just a Golden Plover, a Marsh Harrier, three Buzzards, 12 Chiffchaffs, five Yellow Wagtails, ten Grey Wagtails and two Tree Pipits of note. Six hours of seawatching produced three Teal, 13 Wigeon, 11 Ringed Plovers, 202 Sandwich Terns, 12 Arctic Skuas and a good total of nine Balearic Shearwaters.

Eight Porpoises and five Grey Seals were feeding offshore. A Tuna was also seen.

The moth traps were very productive with a Blair's Mocha, a Vestal, five Delicates and a Marsh Mallow Moth of note.

An evening search for rarer orthoptera resulted in five singing Large Coneheads and seven Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets (including a mating pair) and seven Mediterranean Stick-insects were found around the Observatory.