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Saturday 2 June 2018

2nd June – Montagu's Harrier, Hawfinch, Yellow Wagtail

Tim Davis & Tim Jones watched a ringtail Montagu's Harrier circling over North End before it headed off north and out to sea, at about 14.20 hrs.

Other sightings included the male Hawfinch, male Pied Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, Turtle Dove and female Bullfinch – all still in the Millcombe area – and a stonking male Yellow Wagtail feeding around a Lundy Pony in St Helen's Field during the evening (plus the same or another heard in flight over Pondsbury).

A steady northward trickle of Swallows totalled 45 by the end of the day, along with 21 House Martins and 3 Swifts. Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler continued to sing in Millcombe and St Helen's Copse and there were at least 7 Spotted Flycatchers, including one at Puffin Slope (North End).

Observations by Ann & Tony Taylor, Ivan Lakin, Tim Davis & Tim Jones.

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