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Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday 20th February 2017

Migrants today were 4 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare plus 5 Siskin heading south. 13 Gannet followed a container ship in off peeling away back out to sea as they approached the mouth of the estuary. Gannets following ships have become fairly normal in late autumn and the first part of the winter but is a bit more novel at this time of the year. At the point the Purple Sand & Rock Pipit were on the rocks.

As the temperatures are predicted to be warmer over the next few days the three moth traps were put out yesterday for the first time this year producing just a single Light Brown Apple Moth sat on the outside of the actinic trap. This is an extremely variable Australian species accidentally introduced into the UK about 85 years ago and is now one of the commonest micro moths recorded here in our traps.