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Wednesday 30th August 2017

This Purple Sandpiper (above), photographed today out at the point feeding on the jetty amidst the sea spray along with 3 Turnstone.

The expected heavy rain didn't arrive till mid morning, with just a few spots early on. This gave us a chance to have a quick look around, and on site, just a sprinkling of migrants, the best of which were 6 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and a fine male Redstart. Offshore 5 species of Terns were mostly feeding at the point and included at least 18 Common, 17 Sandwich and 2 Little terns, whilst both an Arctic and Black Tern were seen feeding but did not linger.
The moth traps were reasonably busy with this L-album Wainscot(1 of 2 today) being the highlight. A migrant that has colonised Britain in the last 60 or 70 years, and has spread into Suffolk in the last 20 years, the first record for here was at the start of this millennium.

9 birds ringed: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit and 2 Linnet.