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Monday, 16 April 2018

Monday 16th April 2018

 Ring Plover have started nesting.

A warmer morning with a Southwesterly breeze and the fog has cleared overnight. Firecrest from previous days are still around the Observatory and a continental Coal Tit that was here last week has reappeared this morning, bringing along a second individual with it.

Noted on the reserve, 12 Shelduck, 5 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit (continental), 2 Firecrest, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch & 1 Purple Sandpiper.
Going North, 6 Cormorant & 1 Red-throated Diver. Going out to sea East, 2 Common Gull. Going South, 11 Goldfinch, 4 Brent Goose, 4 Med Gull, 3 Cormorant, 3 Swallow, 2 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Red-breasted Merganser & 1 Whimbrel.

Red-green Carpet is an autumnal flyer, the females come out again in spring after hibernation.

6 birds ringed: Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Coal Tit (continental) 1, Song Thrush 1.