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Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday 14th July 2017

Skylark have not bred here this century so its always good when a dispersing juvenile from elsewhere turns up. On the move southbound 282 Black-headed Gull, 13 Whimbrel, 10 Swift, 6 Swallow, 5 Curlew, 5 Oyk,  4 Sand Martin, 3 Med Gull, 2 Curlew, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Redshank, Knot, Sanderling, Sandwich Tern & Common Tern with northbound 2 Sandwich Tern, Sand Martin & Swallow plus 3 Little Egret straight in off the sea. Another dispersing Great-spotted Woodpecker turned up as did a young Blackcap.

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing are having a good year so far having failed to put in appearance last year. The smaller darker right hand individual is definitely one but the left hand one is a bit more problematical as Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing should be starting to appear although this larger individual still looked like a Langmaid's on the hind wing pattern when it was disturbed. Not all of the differences between these two similar species are clear cut !

4 birds ringed: Great-spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Dunnock, Linnet.