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Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday 17th March 2017

A very small handful of new migrants in this morning including the first female Wheatear of the spring & a couple of Chiffchaffs. Overhead 4 Mipits, 2 Chaffinch & Siskin went south. Offshore southbound 9 Dunlin, 4 Shelduck, 4 Oyk, 3 Common Gull, 2 Red-throated Diver 2 Shoveler, 2 Ringed Plover and a female Merlin plus northbound 3 Gannet & Red-throat with an additional 6 Gannet following a ship late morning. The number of Red-legged Partridge on the reserve has increased from 2 to 3 - exciting here isn't it !

Hebrew Character used to be one of the commonest moths in the traps here in March and April but over the years it has steadily declined to the stage where we now just get the odd ones. No apparent reason for this; it's just an example of a formerly common species that is no where near as abundant as it used to be.

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff.