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Monday, 9 May 2016

Monday 9th May 2016

May certainly has been entertaining so far on the birding front and today was no exception. These easterly winds and warm weather continue to bring several decent species to us..

Arrivals today came in the form of this male and two female 'flava' wagtails looking nearer to Blue-headed Wagtail than anything else. Other birds of note include 18 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll. 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Sea watching produced 11 Little Tern, 2 Common Tern, 4 Sanderling, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Cormorant and 6 Common Gull.

Several micro moths starting to appear including Monopis weaverella whose caterpillars have the delightful habit of feeding on dry animal carcasses, faeces and owl pellets!

Also, the first Brimstone, Red Admiral and Green Hairstreak butterflies have been seen over the last few days.

Ringing: 6 birds ringed this morning including 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Great Tit.