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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016

Although it's warm the overcast and windy conditions isn't inspiring many observers to get out. Heading south in the first few hours 275 Swifts, 11 Black-headed Gull, 9 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, Sand Martin & Yellow Wag. On the local breeding bird front it's been a strange season so far with many species such as Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch & Linnet not rearing many young but Ringed Plover, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Chaffinch & Goldfinch doing ok. Blackies always struggle here but with plenty of rain this year one would have thought that they would have done better than usual. Hopefully many of the locals will fair better on late nesting attempts.

Warm muggy nights used to mean lots of moths but the wind last night didn't do the "mothing" any favours at all. Total numbers and the variety of moths in the traps so far this year is well down (except in the case of a couple of micros that have fared particularly well). This fresh Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing was one that did put in an appearance.

No ringing.