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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thursday 28th April 2016


A gloriously productive day at the observatory today with a sufficient arrival of migrants, mainly warblers. After the overnight rain and misty and cold start, it proved to be a lovely day.

New in were 15 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Wheatear, 2 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 16 Goldfinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Nightingale, 1 House Martin and 1 Rook.

Sea watching produced 2 Little Egret and 1 Whimbrel. The Ring Ouzel is also still here with us.

The Nightingale on-site this morning, showing well at times. Can you spot it in the above picture?


Still very quiet in the moth department at the moment and with no moths at all in our three moth traps in three days, it was a nice surprise to find this migrant Swallow Prominent moth this morning.

Ringing: 23 birds ringed this morning including 10 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Robin.