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Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday 4th August 2017

Noted on the reserve this morning, the first Wheatear of the autumn, which became illusive as footfall increased on the reserve, other grounded migrants were 1 Skylark and 6 Willow Warbler. A single Hobby and Sparrowhawk also put in a brief appearance over the reserve.
Offshore during high tide 20 Common Tern were feeding off the point, passage going South 8 Sand Martin, 6 Swift, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Sanderling, 1 Great Crested Grebe & 1 House Martin.

Sandhill Rustic is a nationally scarce species that gave us a lot of grief in the earlier days of moth trapping as the literature to enable correct identification was inadequate to say the least.

13 birds ringed: 4 House Sparrow, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat