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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday 11th May 2017

Although the ground appears dry and hard some food items are still available, there are easier habitats to forage in than having to probe the hard ground like this Oystercatcher is doing.
The migrants seen on the reserve yesterday have had good clear skies so not to many holding on for another day. Noted on the reserve 3 Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackcap and 1 Whimbrel. Passage going North, 1 House Martin and 34 Swallow with 6 going South, going South 6 Stock Dove and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Offshore 8 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, and 2 Avocet seen going North, and 9 Barnacle Geese heading South.

First Ash Pug of the year, although we call them Ash Pug taxonomy of this species is complicated with literature suggesting they could be Angle-barred Pug or Tamarisk Pug (all of which are the same species, apparently.)

2 birds ringed: 1 Blackcap, 1 Wren