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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sunday 29th May 2016

Migrants in typically short supply. Heading northbound 60 Brents, 23 Swift, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Sand Martin & Swallow. Apart from those birds here to breed just a single Chiffchaff present by means of those passing through. A Lapwing on the reserve early doors could well be an "autumn" migrant as failed breeders in this species abandon ship and migrate early to moult in staging or wintering areas away from their nesting site. It upsets some people to start talking of autumn passage when we have barely had a spring and when other species are still heading north to nest !

A Pearly Underwing in the moth traps is a migrant species that normally doesn't start appearing until August onwards so was an unexpected surprise.

Nil birds ringed.