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Friday, 19 August 2016

Friday 19th August 2016


A much better day today. Cloudy conditions and the continuing winds, which swung to a more favourable position overnight, did produce a rather productive day at the observatory.

Migrants on land were in good numbers and a few moving through. These include 15 Goldfinch, 12 Common Whitethroat, 11 Swallow, 6 Wheatear (above), 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Redstart and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Sea watching was rather decent too with some good numbers and species variety. Totals of 128 Teal, 60 Black-headed Gull, 12 Shoveler, 9 Little Tern, 8 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Cormorant, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Common Gull and 1 Pomarine Skua that spent a few short minutes harassing gulls offshore and then flew North.


Schreckensteinia festaliella turned up for the first time last year. This one being the second site record. It lives on bramble and is frequently noted in Felixstowe so it is difficult to explain why more are not seen here.

Ringing: 18 birds ringed this morning which include 5 Common Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 1 Robin and 1 Reed Warbler.