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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Another humid and overcast night with very light south to south-easterly winds, brought lots of hope but not much more in the way of migrants than in recent days. However, having said that, Migrants are beginning to appear in better numbers, with Warblers, especially Willow with 10 on site along with lesser numbers of Chiffchaff, both Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler  and Blackcap all putting in appearances. Also, 10 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat (above), 9 Yellow Wagtail and 25 Pied Wagtail on site, as well as 110 Swallow and 4 Sand Martin heading south for the winter. Offshore, not much to see due to the murky conditions, but a few Terns included a couple of Arctics. Only 30 Teal seen today and waders were well down, but did include 2 Avocet south.

Insect wise, huge numbers of moths in the traps overnight (or rather mostly trying to get in), especially the micro moth Agriphila geniculea, with almost 3000 alone counted, and 4 more species reaching 100 or more.

14 birds were ringed; 3 Willow Warbler, 2 each of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and Great Tit and 1 each of Sedge Warbler, Robin and Blackbird.