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Tuesday 27th August 2019

The hot weather and gentle easterly breeze continued with just a trickle of migrants recorded, including what seems to be a daily capture of a single new Pied Flycatcher. The one photographed above was today's bird and you can see the shiny new BTO ring on the leg. The stepped white marking on the tertial feathers (the big feathers edged white on the wing), indicate this one hatched this year, and the jet-black feathers at the base of the tail indicate its a male.

Though it was slim pickings we still had 8 Black-headed Gull, 5 Swallow, 4 Turnstone and 1 Oystercatcher southbound, with 8 Willow Warbler, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sanderling, 1 Knot and 1 Green Woodpecker all on the reserve.

Agriphila inquinatella (Barred Grass-veneer) used to be fairly common but this is only the second one seen this year.

Ringing: Lesser Whitethroat 2, Willow Warbler 1, Pied Flycatcher 1, Great Tit 1, Robin 1, Linnet 4, House Sparrow 1.