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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Thursday 7th June 2018

 A copulating pair of Small Heath on the Butts.

An overcast morning with sunny spells and a strong Northerly breeze. Gulls gathering offshore and feeding at the point on the falling tide this morning were 480 Herring Gull, 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Med Gull. Common and Little Tern were also at the point, they continuing feeding after the Gulls had dispersed. A Black Redstart was singing on the fort and the first juvenile Wrens at Landguard for this year fledged at the Observatory.

Noted on the reserve, 155 Starling, 24 Common Tern, 18 Little Tern, 10 Pied Wagtail, 8 Shelduck, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Black Redstart & 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Going North, 4 Little Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Cormorant & 2 Sandwich Tern. Going South, 1 Cormorant & 1 Oystercatcher.

Privet Hawk Moth is the largest of the Hawk Moth found in the UK, its flight period is during June and July.

3 birds ringed: Wren 2, Linnet 1.