It was still,warm and humid at first light this morning, there had clearly been a fair bit of overnight rain. The Swallows prominent yesterday had all cleared out overnight. There was a Yellow Wagtail feeding around Longis pond and 2 Whimbrel passed over. At about mid day I had 2 Common Terns in Longis Bay. Paul and Catherine Verons’ concerted birding efforts were rewarded with a Turtle Dove on the telegraph wires near Mannez Lighthouse and they had 5 Common Terns past the lighthouse this afternoon.
A rise in migrants today saw 32 new birds ringed almost half of which were Reed Warblers , easily our best day so far for this species. We ringed our 8ooth Chiffchaff of the Spring and 20th Spotted Flycatcher, the latter displayed a prominent brood patch. Also ringed, a couple of recently fledged Robins and our first fledged Swallow.See ringing pages for totals.
Lastly, I had a Large Tortioseshell butterfly this afternoon along the footpath to Longis bird hide.