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Saturday 30th April 2016

A much warmer day with a westerly breeze, there was a noticeable increase in activity, although ringing produced only 8 new birds all day including Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap. Birding highlights included a Red Kite, a Grasshopper Warbler, a female Black Redstart in the NWT pony field, a female Common Redstart in the pines on the NOA reserve, 5 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Tree Pipits over calling, and 2 Siskins in the pines. Also of interest were 6 Buzzards, a Greenshank, single Sandwich and Common Terns, Turtle Dove and Cuckoo, a Peregrine, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler. Just 2 Hebrew Characters were in the moth traps but a Green Hairstreak was in the Dell and a Speckled Wood and Large Red Damselfly were also recorded.

 Holly Blue resting on Blackthorn blossom - Walsey Hills, April 2016

During the morning at Walsey a single Willow Warbler was still present and singing, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs and 5 Blackcaps were also in the scrub. A Red Kite joined a kettle of 4 Common Buzzards late in the afternoon and in the evening a Temminck's Stint was seen on Pope's Pool to the north of the reserve. 3 Holly Blues were on the wing as were several Green-veined White.