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Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday 22nd April 2016

The north wind doth blow & spring migrants will struggle to get through. Despite the far from ideal conditions a few hardy souls are making it through including 5 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow Wags, 2 Blackcap & Willow Warbler. Prolonged observations starring out to sea (mainly caused by observers not showing much enthusiasm to trudge around the nature reserve) produced 7 Whimbrel, 6 Common Gull, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 2 Barnacle Geese, Great-northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Bonxie plus some Cormorants going about their business.

Powdered Quaker in the moth traps is one we struggle to record every year (but in these cold conditions any moth is a bit of a novelty).

5 birds ringed: 2 chiffchaff, 1 willow warbler, 1 blackcap, 1 greenfinch. This is only the second Greenfinch ringed this month whereas back in the mid 1980's the observatory ringed over a 1,000 Greenfinch's for two years running just in the month of April alone giving a stark reminder as to the fate of this once abundant species !