Monday, 25 April 2011

Decent weather but in the end it was a fairly uneventful weekend. Highlights were my first mullien moth trapped on Saturday night and adding both shelduck (88) and willow warbler (89) to the garden list.

Ringing has been good and the greenfinches are still coming in thick and fast. Friday was the best day while it was still calm with 22 new (17 greenfinch) and 4 re-traps caught. The usual Saturday morning was quiet although a female lesser whitethroat was only the 2nd I have rung.

A walk around Gun Hill this morning produced a few bits but with all the nice weather, most stuff seems to be going straight through. Apart from the residents, the bushes on the dunes only produced single whitethroat and blackcap. Raptors were in evidence with 9 marsh harrier, ringtail hen harrier, 3 common buzzard and 6 sparrowhawks. Tree pipit west, female ring ouzel, 14 whimbrel, 2 Med gulls and an arctic tern added a bit extra.

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