May 7th 2017

A bright start, gathering cloud moderate NE wind.



This morning was pretty quiet for migrants on the ground, as has been the case for the last few mornings. A few Whitethroat are now carrying nest material with many territories now established. 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler were they only birds that suggested they were migrants. This time of year tends to see the numbers of migrants drop away but with that, the chance of encountering something rarer increases. I have been lucky enough to encounter a Bee-eater and several Red rumped Swallow in the 2nd & 3rd weeks of May in previous years. A small number of hirundines and Swift were arriving by mid morning. An evening walk along to Cornish Farm, checking the fence lines for falcons, produced a smart male Whinchat for the effort.


Garden Warbler in the old trapping area.


Black Redstart nr the pub on the 4th May.


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