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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thursday 5th May 2016

Another calm, hot and lovely day at the observatory. A change in the winds may bring the goodies over the next few weeks though. However, very little of note today on the migrant front, apart from a single scarcity.

Birds of note today include our Nightingale and Ring Ouzel that are both still here with us showing intermittently. along with 5 Common Whitethroat and 3 Lesser Whitethroat. On the move include 55 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 7 Wheatear, 9 Goldfinch, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Jackdaw and a lovely male Bullfinch that dropped in briefly early am before heading west towards to docks. A bird we don't see too many of, (one record in 2015).

A Serin (probably male), paid us a brief visit mid morning before flying off South. Hopefully we'll have a good run of this species again this year?

Sea watching produced 11 Oystercatcher, 8 Kittiwake, 6 Cormorant, 4 Common Tern, 3 Little Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Gull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Whimbrel.

The first Common Swift moth of the year turned up in the moth traps this morning.

Ringing: No birds were ringed this morning even though all of our mist nets were up and with a good 7 hours of work put in, no rewards today.