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Tuesday 19th May 2020

A warm, overcast morning with a slight bit of drizzle just after first light led to a hope for a few birds.

There were a few birds in the bushes with a Blackcap, 6 Whitethroats, 4 Lesser Whitethroats starting to sing when the sun came out. A vocal Willow Warbler was in the Holm Oaks and 2 silent Chiffchaffs passed through and late morning a Reed Warbler and a Garden Warbler were trapped.

A Coal Tit, possibly a failed British breeder was moving between the Cottage and the Observatory and 3 Wheatear were on the Nature Reserve.

Vis-Mig included 6 Swallows, a Turtle Dove and 26 Brent Geese heading north.

A Sanderling was on the beach and a summer plumage Turnstone was on the point. A Sandwich Tern headed North and 6 Little Terns were feeding offshore.

The moth traps held the first site record of Cryptoblabes bistriga, a woodland species, which was a pleasant addition to the moth list, with new moths getting much harder to come by!

Also in the traps was a Lunar Yellow Underwing, a Nationally Scarce species with its stronghold in the Brecks and Sanderlings. It appears at Landguard infrequently and it possible that a population is present at low densities.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Starling, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Linnet, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler