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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sunday 8th May 2016

Migrant wise hard work which is the norm for us. Visible migration limited to 6 Swallow and 2 Yellow Wags south plus 2 Swallows and a Lapwing north with a Redpoll knocking around early on soon clearing off. A handful of grounded new birds on site as evidenced by the ringing figures. At least 14 Whitethroat which includes what is hopefully going to turn into at least 5 or 6 pairs mostly on the northern half of the reserve. Also on the reserve 3 Wheatear plus the female Ring Ouzel on her fourteenth day here. Botanically the place is starting to look good but with a drying easterly breeze and no rain it won't take long until the site becomes parched.

With warmer nights the mothing is finally starting to pick up with several species putting in their first appearance of the year including Large Yellow Underwing (which is one of the commonest species here). On the migrant front both Diamond-backed Moth & Silver Y noted.

8 birds ringed: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler.