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Sunday 16th May 2021

Not long ago the Wheatears were feeding on a barren drought affected "turf" so its good to see some greenery and carpets of Storks-bill & Dove'-foot Crane's-bill on the reserve.

Grounded migrants included 9 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff (including a 'tristis'), Blackcap, Chaffinch, Common Sandpiper, Redstart, Skylark, Whimbrel & Whinchat. At least 5 Lesser Whitethroat & 3 Whitethroat are holding territories with hopefully more to still arrive. Strangely enough we are still catching occasional new Wrens which could either be migrants or wandering individuals looking for vacant territories & potential mates. At least 3 Black Redstart is indicative of individuals moving around the site. Some vis mig in the shape of southbound 64 Swallow, 12 Goldfinch, 3 Sand Martin & House Martin. Offshore movements were 16 Oyk south & a solitary Gannet north.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren.