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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Wednesday 1st June 2016

A wild and blustery observatory at dawn this morning and with thick and heavy cloud it certainly didn't feel like the first day of June! Still, a decent morning of observations encountered.

Land migrants came in the form of 46 Swift, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Firecrest (yesterdays bird), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Turtle Dove.

Sea watching produced 41 Gannet, 40 Common Tern, 7 Common Scoter, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Little Tern, 3 Knot, 2 Cormorant, 1+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Guillemot, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Oystercatcher.

Small Ranunculus was extinct in Britain from 1940 to the late 1990's when it was found again in Kent. It was first noted at Landguard in 1999 with records in several years since. Larvae was found in 2011 on Prickly Lettuce. Also of note in the moth department is an influx of Diamond-back Moths.

Ringing: 6 birds ringed this morning including 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch and 1 Linnet.