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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Thursday 7th July 2016

This Small Blood-vein moth turned up in our moth traps this morning.

Migrants came in the form of 48 Swift, 38 Black-headed Gull, 18 Sand Martin, 10 Goldfinch, 9 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Siskin.

More interestingly, we had a Yellowhammer over the observatory mid morning which is rather unusual considering we don't really see this species at this time of year.

Also, the first Yellow Wagtail of the autumn flew south and Knot (2). The first fledgling Lesser Whitethroats of the year seen today as well.

Monopis monachella is a red data book species that feeds on old bird nests and on dead animals.

Ringing: 17 birds ringed this morning comprising of 4 Linnet, 3 Dunnock, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Wren, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird and 1 Common Whitethroat.