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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tuesday 22nd March 2016


A cold feel first thing, warming up nicely throughout late morning, producing a few new arrivals.

Migrants today involve 5 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Siskin, 8 Goldfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 19 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Rook and 3 Stock Dove. Briefly, 2 Continental Coal Tits put in an appearance, before quickly moving off North.

Sea watching revealed 27 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 1+ Curlew, 8 Shelduck, 7 Brent Geese and 2 Canada Geese.

A warm and sunny afternoon walk around the observatory saw singles of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma butterflies on the wing.

Several Song Thrush are beginning to proclaim their breeding territories around the nature reserve and observatory.

Ringing: 16 birds ringed this morning including 6 Goldcrest, 5 Blackbird, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Firecrest.