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Monday 18th May 2015

Increasing west south westerly winds throughout the day put a stop to much birding and ringing being done. Thick cloud overnight did produce the goods in other ways. 

Migrants came in the form of 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Swift, 5 Swallow, and 2 Wheatear. 2 Brent Geese, 1 Sandwich Tern and 25 Common Tern with the odd Little Tern were offshore. 

Plenty of baby Starlings around at the moment in-and-around the observatroy and the nature reserve. 

More migrant moths today in the form of another Striped Hawk-moth, Bordered Straw and Marbled Clover. This latter beast is an RDB species that normally occurs from mid-June onwards in this country, as such, this individual is probably a migrant from the continent. 

Ringing: 8 birds ringed during the morning including 4 Linnet, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Woodpigeon and 1 Collared Dove.