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26th Sep

With a fresh southerly breeze this morning the sea provided most of the interest again. The highlights were a Long-tailed Skua and 14 Arctic Skuas, 12 Sooty Shearwaters and a Balearic Shearwater. Other bits and pieces included a Tufted Duck and two Black Terns and a first-year Caspian Gull and two first-year Yellow-legged Gulls were on the beach. A Spotted Flycatcher was seen on the land and 1,300 Swallows, a Grey Wagtail and 400 Meadow Pipits flew over.

Four Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps produced a Gem, six Delicates and two Scarce Bordered Straws, a Box-tree Moth and a Palpita vitrealis. A Clouded Yellow butterfly was also seen.

Three Mediterranean Stick-insects were seen in the brambles at the Observatory.