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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Thursday 9th March 2017

More signs of spring this morning making it much more pleasant and entertaining. Worth a mention are southbound 13 Siskin, 8 Starling, 3 Rook, 3 Mipit, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Skylark, Grey Wagtail & Carrion Crow plus a northbound Woodlark over the observatory then docks which is always a good bird to get here. Early on 70 Starling & 45 Redwing were on site with common migrants in the bushes represented in the ringing total below. Offshore northbound 80 Brents, Shelduck & Red-throated Diver plus southbound 20 Dunlin & Red-throat. 2 Sanderling were on the beach (11 were here yesterday evening).

The first Frog of the year was in the Butts pond and the first butterfly noted here this year put in an appearance in the form of a Small Tortoiseshell.

14 birds ringed: 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit.