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Saturday 7th June 2014

A changeable morning with showers and a thunder storm early on. Few birds were noted apart from a Chiffchaff in the bushes, a Hobby, 2 Swift and a Swallow heading north and 25 Sandwich Terns headed out of the river and also headed north.

6 Birds Ringed; 2 Blackbird, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Tit.

Friday 6th June 2014

A couple of new Whitethroats were in today along with a Cuckoo on the reserve. However the bird of the day was a Nuthatch, this was only the fourth for the site and the second ringed, the previous records were in April 1999, June 2006 & June 2013.

Late morning a couple of Broad-bodied Chasers were located on the Obs pond, this species has only been noted in six previous years.

20 Birds Ringed; 5 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 2 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Blackbird, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Starling.

Thursday 5th June 2014

A windy morning with a Willow Warbler the only new migrant in the bushes. Heading south were 444 Swift, 10 House Martin & 2 Swallow.

Some moth species seem to be having a good year here including Sand Dart, see above, which is a nationally scarce species that favours the strand line on actively accreting beaches.

Ringing; 2 Linnet, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Willow Warbler.

Wednesday 4th June 2014

A thoroughly miserable day with rain starting to fall from soon after first light, and although not always heavy persisted throughout the morning. Little was seen except for a Spotted Flycatcher which appeared briefly in the Holm Oaks around mid-day during a lull in the weather.

Ringing total was 1 Robin.

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Baby birds, baby birds & yet more baby birds - after last years poor breeding season many species are churning young out. Today's migrants were single Sand Martin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff & 2 Avocet flew south. Moth traps are entertaining (e.g. Cream-spot Tiger above).

18 birds ringed: 8 greenfinch,3 starling, 2 house sparrow, 1 chiffchaff, 1 blackcap, 1 dunnock, 1 linnet, 1 blackbird.

Monday 2nd June 2014

A humid morning with a light south-easterly breeze. Young birds continue to dominate the scene with plenty of finches and Starlings about the reserve. Passing through were 9 Swallow and a House Martin.

23 Birds ringed; 9 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow.

Sunday 1st June 2014.

Despite the warm night with complete cloud cover and wind direction that went from North-West through to Easterly, very little appeared to be moving. What there was however, was of some interest, as Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Hobby all put in an appearance. The supporting cast though was not quite so good, the best of the rest being 1 Fulmar south, 6 Little Tern and 6 Sandwich Tern both north , and that was about it on the bird front.

The insects were of more interest however, as the moth traps proved to be busy with several unusual landguard species being noted including Silky Wainscot, Broad-barred White, 2 Lunar Yellow Underwing, 2 Sandy Carpet, Dark Swordgrass and several Sand Darts. Also butterflies are in evidence with at least 3 Painted Ladies putting in an appearance.

Birds ringed 13.  5 Linnet, 3 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit and 1 each of Turtle Dove, House Sparrow and Greenfinch.

May Ringing Totals

A total of 310 birds of 32 species were ringed during the month including our first Turtle Dove for 9 years and our second Carrion Crow.

Ringed Plover 7 Starling 9
Woodpigeon 3 Blackbird 18
Turtle Dove 1 Song Thrush 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Spotted Flycatcher 10
Magpie 1 Robin 9
Carrion Crow 1 Redstart 1
Firecrest 1 Wheatear 4
Blue Tit 3 Dunnock 21
Great Tit 13 House Sparrow 5
Chiffchaff 20 Pied Wagtail 1
Willow Warbler 41 Meadow Pipit 5
Blackcap 11 Chaffinch 7
Lesser Whitethroat 9 Greenfinch 40
Whitethroat 25 Goldfinch 3
Reed Warbler 1 Linnet 31
Wren 1 Lesser Redpoll 1