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Friday, 2 September 2016

Friday 2nd September 2016

Thick and heavy cloud overnight seemed to have grounded a small number of migrants but nothing exceptional to note.

Arrivals came in the form of 9 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Whitethroat and the first Chiffchaff of the Autumn.

Smaller numbers of hirundines today with 8 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin. A Hobby shot through early morning.

Sea watching proved quiet with birds such as 13 Knot, 10 Common Tern, 10 Teal, 8 Ringed Plover, 8 Sandwich Tern, 6 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 1 Sanderling and 1 Grey Plover all on the move South.

Juvenile Common Terns are still being fed by their parents along the river bank as they learn to feed for themselves, (above).

As Autumn progresses, species like Feathered Ranunculus are turning up more regularly in our  moth traps. 

Ringing: 7 birds ringed this morning including 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Blackbird.