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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017

The odd summer migrants are still pushing through despite the brisk westerlies. The first Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler of the year are both singing on the butts, though generally elusive, and both the Black Redstart and White Wagtail are still about. Other new birds passing through included 1 Firecrest, 5 Wheatear, about 6 each of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, a couple of Blackcap 4 Siskin and a Swallow south, whilst offshore 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew and 1 Turnstone also going south.

It should be noted that Brown-tail moth larvae are now emerging from their winter tents on the Bramble bushes (above). The hairs on these moths can cause severe irritation and can be carried on the wind some distance.

Ringed 14 birds: 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and 1 each of Firecrest and Blue Tit.