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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Northerly winds and a much colder feel to the day produced slim pickings at the observatory.

There seems to still be a movement of Brent Geese with 26 heading out of the river and northwards. Also, 5 Cormorant, 2 Fulmar and 2 Common Tern.

Land migrants on the move came in the form of 12 Swallow, 6 Goldfinch, 3 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Hobby and 1 Meadow Pipit.

Vine Moth is a nationally scarce species that is fairly regularly recorded at Landguard. It is a pest species on grape vines on the continent but we have no idea what its food plant is here, although ivy is the most likely candidate.

Ringing: 1 bird ringed which included 1 Starling.