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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Just one of the 5 or 6 Yellow Wagtails that were feeding up on their way south for the winter.
Aethes smeathmanniana is a widespread but local moth species that puts in an occasional appearance in our moth traps.

The tropical conditions today has curtailed a lot of migrant activity, but the big news was the appearance of yet another Serin,( or was it just one of the spring birds reappearing ). Apart from that only small movements of migrants today, with 11 Wheatear on site ( alongside the Wagtails ) , which included 17 Pied + the Yellow Wagtails already mentioned, 6 Willow Warbler on site along with 6 Whitethroat and 3 Lesser Whitethroat and a small number of Swallows and Sand Martins south. Offshore 22 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 2 Oyks and 1 each of Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel all going south.

5 birds were ringed; 2 Collared Dove and 1 each of Whitethroat, Robin and Blue Tit.