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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday 29th April 2018

Feels more like late autumn than spring this morning with a cool northerly airflow and light drizzle. A singing Nightingale always livens up the morning. Migrants present this morning include 40 Wheatear, 5 Mipits, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Willow Warbler, Hobby, Skylark, White Wagtail & Song Thrush. Staring offshore barely worth the effort with just a couple of Common Tern & Fulmar. Late news was a Spotted Flycatcher in the afternoon which is only the fourth ever April record (previous ones on 30/04/1994, 27/04/2006 & 29/04/2012) of a species that we often have to wait until mid-May until they show up.

The first Shuttle-shaped Dart of the year graced us with its presence.

13 birds ringed: 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Nightingale, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.