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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wednesday 9th August 2017

What started as a pleasant, if overcast morning, deteriorated by midday as the rain set in. However plenty of birds were about, both on land and at sea, as a good number of Warblers were feeding on site, including at least 15 Willow Warbler(above), 9 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff. Swallows and Sand Martins are on the move south, with 45 of the former and 5 the latter. Offshore max of 68 Common Tern feeding near point + 26 passing north and 19 south, along with 10 Oyster Catcher, ones & twos of Fulmar, Redshank, Whimbrel, Curlew, Golden & Grey Plover + a lone Avocet also going south. Lastly a Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen loafing in the Harbour.  
The moth traps were much quieter, although this Brimstone moth is always nice to see.

Ringed 17 birds: 8 Willow Warbler, 2 each of Greenfinch, Linnet and Whitethroat and 1 each of Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Robin.