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2016 Report

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15th March

Not a breath of wind first thing so not surprising the seawatch this morning was very quiet. At the Patch the two Iceland Gulls were accompanied by another new 1st winter Caspian Gull and a new 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull.

A male and female Black Redstart were still around the Old Lighthouse garden and a good increase in Chiffchaff numbers with eleven present including eight around the Long Pits.

With the mild overnight temperature the moth trap fared better too with twelve Hebrew Character, two Clouded Drab, three Common Quaker, Early Grey and Common Plume Moth Emmelina monodactyla. During the day fifteen Peacock Butterfly, nine Small Tortoiseshell and feeding offshore were five Porpoise.

On the RSPB Reserve the drake Ring-necked Duck was displaying to a female Tufted Duck on Tanners Pool, One Long-eared Owl by the Dipping Pool, Three Black-necked and a Slavonian Grebe on New Diggings.