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Monday 14th June 2021

Mute Swans

 Sunny and humid throughout although cloud built up from mid-afternoon; birds highlights were few and far between but included another 13 Curlews heading south at sea - while always nice to see, it is somewhat sad to think that these early returning birds represent failed breeders, 4 Black Redstarts, a Chiffchaff, a Fulmar, a dispersing juvenile Coal Tit, 2 Jackdaws, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Swallow and 3 Swifts.

It was though, a notable day for Odonata with the first site record of Lesser Emperor - a female hawking around on The Butts along with another Norfolk Hawker (still <10 records here but with the species colonising southern Suffolk at a fair rate over the last few years and four records in the last three days, we're sure there'll be more to come), a female Broad-bodied Chaser ovipositing in The Butts pond and a Four-spot Chaser.

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Coal Tit 1, Linnet 3

Pugs are traditionally a difficult-to-identify group of moths but V-Pug here is one of the easiest