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Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday 12th May 2017

The Green Hairstreak butterfly, pictured, is starting to emerge as the weather is getting warmer. It is a widespread species but only occurs in localised colonies from as little as a dozen individuals.
Finally the arrival of female Whitethroat, it has increased the vigour of song rehearsed by the male Whitethroat over the pass couple of weeks with 15 individuals seen today. Also seen on the reserve 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.
Passage over the reserve this morning 91 Swallow were going South, along with them 8 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin and 1 Swift. Offshore passage going South 3 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Pochard, and going North 2 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel and 1 Red-throated Diver.

14 birds ringed: 7 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler and singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler Chiffchaff and Linnet.