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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016


Despite another overcast, humid night, the wind strengthened rapidly soon after dawn to leave us struggling to find anything much on site. Just 2 Wheatear, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and this juvenile Stock Dove, (a species not often seen at Landguard). Offshore 1 Arctic Skua north and 19 Teal, 15 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and an unusually early Pintail all going south. Around the harbour entrance just 21 Common and 4 Sandwich Terns.


On the insect front, this Pearly Underwing (one of 2 caught last night) is an annual migrant moth that we catch regularly, although these are the first we've seen so far this autumn.

4 birds ringed today;  1 each of Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldfinch and Wood Pigeon.