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Wednesday 19th August 2015

After yesterdays rain, today was a far better day, encouraging the birds and insects to put on a bit of a show. Offshore and in the harbour several Terns were still hanging about , including 15 Common, 9 Sandwich and 2 Little Tern, as well as this Fulmar(top), which came out of the river and over the common. On site, one of yesterdays Tree Sparrows was still present, along with at least 8 Willow Warblers, 6 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps and 10 Robins. Wader passage south included 15 Oyster Catcher, 7 Golden Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper, along with 14 Teal. Although the moth traps were not surprisingly quiet due to the poor weather yesterday, this Light Emerald(above) did make up for the lack of numbers. Also on the insect front, a Hummingbird Hawk moth and at least one Small Red-eyed Damselfly was also noted.

7 birds were ringed, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Wood Pigeon and 1 Robin.