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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 23rd August 2019

A fairly steady steam of migrants and interest with 51 birds ringed. Highlights from ringing included 3 Stonechats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, 4 Willow Warblers, Blackcap, 4 Whitethroats and 4 Chiffchaffs whilst overhead waders included 2 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, at least 30 Whimbrels, 96 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Snipe, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Spoonbills, Great White Egret, 25 Meadow Pipits and a large numbers of gulls anting - at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls were with them. Swallows were present in the morning and evening with several hundred throughout the day and a Tawny Owl was heard in the pines late afternoon.

Offshore were 3 Arctic Skuas, 66 Sandwich Terns, 18 Comomn Terns, 6 Gannets and 13 Common Scoters and the best of the moth traps included Gold Spot, 2 White-points, 4 Silver Ys, Iron Prominent and Six-striped Rustic.

A young male Stonechat after processing - Holme Bird Obs, August 2019

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