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Thursday 26 April 2018

24th Apr – Firecrest and good Swallow passage despite cool & breezy conditions

Rob Duncan reports for Tuesday 24th (At least I think these notes apply to 24th... There is some sort of mysterious telecoms time vortex between Lundy and Ilfracombe.)

"Still rather windy but sheltered nest in Millcombe gardens allowing for some ringing. Still small numbers of warblers passing through but Goldfinches have taken a liking to the sunflower hearts, which is helping. We ringed a Firecrest yesterday, as well as 8 more Willow Warblers. Of interest, the proportion of male Willow Warblers seems to have gone up since the wind picked up (it was virtually all females on Sat & Sun). Is it possible that they are more determined to get on territory despite the weather but the females can hold back? I may play with the data and dig a bit deeper. The Pied Flycatcher is still here along with at least one Bullfinch. 2 Stonechats at the Rocket Pole were new in. Reasonable Swallow passage first thing, with 1,000 counted for the day. Also two White Wagtails and a Golden Plover. Lighter winds and warmer please!"

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