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19th Sep

A distinct change in the weather with strong to gale force SW winds resulted in a superb down-channel movement of seabirds. The obvious highlight was a record day total of 211 Balearic Shearwaters while other notable counts included 726 Sandwich Terns, 14 Arctic Skuas, nine Sooty Shearwaters and 590 Gannets. However, there was a striking lack of Kittiwakes, Little Gulls and Common Terns and Great Skua have become something of a rarity after the ravages of Avian Bird Flu.

Three Porpoises, a Common Seal and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Despite the poor conditions overnight one moth trap was put on and this produced four Delicates and two Box-tree Moths.