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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Lots of birds about, both on land and passing offshore, with at least 12 Willow Warblers on site as they slowly make their way back to Africa for the winter, along with small numbers of Swifts, Swallows and Sand Martins. Another Hobby was seen chasing the Finches across the reserve, whilst offshore lots of waders are on the move with 27 Oyster Catcher, 10 Turnstone, with another one lingering around the jetty(above), 9 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 5 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Sanderling, 3 Golden Plover, 3 Knot and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit all going south + 3 Arctic Terns also south. Also amongst the feeding Gulls and Terns around the harbour were 24 Common and 4 Sandwich Terns + a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.
A new species of moth for the site was recorded in the traps, this Citron Plume(Hellinsia carphodactyla), a very scarce, yellow tinged species that feeds on Ploughman's Spikenard, a plant that occurs on site in small numbers.

18 birds ringed: 8 Willow Warbler, 2 each of Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet and Blue Tit and 1 each of Greenfinch, Dunnock, Robin and Ringed Plover.