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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Thursday 5th April 2018

 A few more butterflies are coming out of hibernation and look a bit worn following a long winter.

Strong North Westerly winds during the first part of the day and then brightening up into the late morning. There was an increase of new migrants on the reserve and in offshore activity during the seawatch.
Noted on the reserve, 6 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Brambling & 1 Meadow Pipit. Going North, 7 Brent Goose, 1 Greylag Goose & 1 Red-throated Diver. Coming in off the sea going West, 1 Woodcock. Going South, 309 Black-headed Gull, 81 Common Gull, 27 Linnet, 18 Common Scoter, 10 Med Gull, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Rook & 1 Sparrowhawk.

Agonopterix curvipunctosa is a red data book species, Landguard is one of the few sites in the UK that it is regularly recorded at.

10 birds ringed: Blackcap 6, Chiffchaff 1, Firecrest 1, Goldcrest 1, Wren 1.