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Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday 28th July 2017

Occasionally an unexpected bird shows up. Presumed an escaped captive, as it is naturally found in Australia, Diamond Dove is not a first for Landguard although it has been since 1989 that the previous one was recorded here.
Noted on the reserve this morning as geographically correct migrants, 2 Willow Warbler & 1 Sparrowhawk. Going South at first light over the reserve were 649 Swift, then during the rest of the morning offshore were 3 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern plus 3 at the point on the high tide. Going North were 2 Sandwich Tern.

Windy conditions the last couple of nights equals low moth numbers although this doesn't stop Silver Y's being well represented.

3 birds ringed: Dunnock 1, Linnet 1, Willow Warbler 1