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Friday 17th May 2024

Another fine day, with little wind. A few migrants coming through, a nice yellow wagtail was on the reserve and a reed warbler was singing intermittently from the compound. Most of the regular species were accounted for, with another juvenile blackbird being only the second seen in the observatory grounds this year. 

It was much more a day for insects, with a few painted ladies on the wing, and at least 20 large red damselflies up at the Butt's pond.

First Common Marbled Carpet of the year, a species that has declined here in recent times.

Birds Ringed: Blackbird 1, Linnet 1, Willow Warbler 1.