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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017

First Cuckoo of the year for us which is a sad reflection on the cataclysmic decline of this once common species. Back in the last century the peak autumn passage for adult Cuckoo was the last 10 days of June and the first week of July. Juvenile Cuckoo didn't used to start moving through until mid-July onward so this juv is a tad early. Offshore southbound  155 Swift, 3 Whimbrel & a Curlew but apart from the Cuckoo not a lot else.

The public moth event this morning produced a reasonable selection considering last night conditions including the odd pretty one including Elephant Hawk-Moth.

5 birds ringed: 2 Linnet, 1 Robin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cuckoo.