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Saturday 14th June 2014

A very quiet day with the only birds of note being a Yellow Wagtail south, a new Chiffchaff and 4 Curlew south offshore.

23 Birds ringed; 12 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit

Friday 13th June 2014

Another hot and humid day with the only activity being young birds apart from a couple of  Swift and Swallow. Another Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen on the reserve continuing our recent run of them.

20 Birds ringed; 8 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Dunnock, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Blackbird

Thursday 12th June 2014

Another hot and sunny day with very little breeze. Migrants included 3 Reed Warblers, a male Blackcap, 3 Coal Tits and 8 Swift (2 north & 6 south).

A total of 109 species of moth were recorded this morning, the highlights in the traps were our 2nd Ghost moth,see above, and our 3rd Case-bearing Clothes Moth. The day flying moths included the first Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet for the site and 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.

17 Birds ringed; 8 Linnet, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap.

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Another quiet day as we come to the end of the spring migration period. The only avian interests today were a movement south of 81 Common Swifts early morning accompanied by 3 Swallows and a House Martin. However the insects were much better represented with several butterfly species seen including Painted Ladies,Red Admirals and Green Hairstreaks amongst the more common fare. For the second day in a row Hummingbird Hawk Moths have been seen and photographed in the compound, whilst dragonfly species were also well represented with both Southern Hawker and Emperor Dragonfly on show.

Ringing total 11 birds.  4 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock and 3 Magpie ( pulli ).

Tuesday 10th June 2014

Following rain before dawn the day was hot and humid with a slight southerly breeze. Apart from good numbers of young birds including a Chiffchaff the only birds of note were 6 Swift (2 north, 4 south), 2 Swallow & a House Martin south and 2 Fulmar north offshore.

20 Birds ringed; 7 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet and single Robin, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Song Thrush & Blackbird.

Monday 9th June 2014

Today's migrant is a Reed Warbler. Offshore (and overhead) 24 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Great-crested Grebes & a Gannet heading north. Apart from that yet more baby birds - Great Tits in particular have had a very productive year. Botanically the whole area is looking good with the warm conditions and recent rainfall combining to produce good flowering conditions - the poisonous Henbane looking particularly impressive.

12 birds ringed: 4 linnet, 3 greenfinch, 2 great tit, 2 starling, 1 chaffinch.

Recent Recoveries

Amongst the recent batch of ringing recoveries received are a Blackcap ringed 171km away in Oost-Vlannderen, Belgium on 2nd August 2012 caught here 14th April 2013, Great Tit ringed 147km at Gibraltar Point, Lincs retrapped here 8 days later, Greenfinch ringed 77km away at UEA, Norfolk on 4th November 2011 retrapped here 10th August 2013, Goldfinch ringed 81km away at Easton College, Norfolk on 12th Ocyober 2013 retrapped here 14th November 2013, Green Woodpecker ringed here on 29th July 2010 found dead 16km away on the Broxtead Estate on 21st Februsry 2014 & amongst a selection of Lesser Redpolls caught here and retrapped elsewhere in Suffolk one ringed here 13th October 2013 retrapped 148km away at Chobham Common Surrey, on 14th March 2014.

Sunday 8th June 2014

After yesterdays storms a much quieter day today with warm sunny conditions and a light easterly wind. Apart from lots of young birds taking their first steps out in the world, there was little in the way of migrants. In fact the only migrant of note was a lone Reed Warbler.

On the insect front ,today saw our first Clouded Yellow of the year and also a Pseudoswammerdamia  combinella which is a first record for the site of this micro moth.

Ringing total, 20 birds.6 Great Tit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet and 1 each of Song Thrush, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Coal Tit and Starling.