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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017


This strong northerly airflow is not doing us or migrant birds any favours at all but is not preventing the odd migrant battling on regardless. Offshore a lot of hours put in to produce northbound 73 Common Tern, 7 Barwit, 7 Common Gull, 5 Black Tern, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Tern, Shelduck & Marsh Harrier (that gave up going north and headed inland), southbound 7 Turnstone, 5 Gannet, 2 Sanderling & Whimbrel. A bit of vis mig in the shape of northbound 5 Swallow, southbound 1 Swift & 1 Sand Martin plus a House Martin heading inland. Birding on the reserve and in the bushes difficult in these conditions with 6 Wheatear, Skylark, Whinchat & Garden Warbler the highlights.


The first Figure of 80 of the year in the moth traps out of a total of just 16 moths of three species noted which is hardly surprising in these winds.

4 birds ringed: Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler & Linnet.