May 8th

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Overnight heavy rain precluded SE winds this morning and a major influx of Red Admiral butterflies. The grasshopper Warbler was again singing near the Obs and there were 2 Bar-tailed Godwit on Longis Beach. In Mannez Quarry the Verons saw 1 Siskin, 1 Swift and a Yellow Wagtail. With our visiting Dorset birders having returned to the UK there was little birding done sadly, the focus being on ringing. There was certainly a fall of a variety of passerines as the ringing soon demonstrated.

Ringing was concurrently in Mannez and Essex Farm with a combined new birds ringed total of 46. Our 2nd Western Subalpine Warbler this Spring (pictured below) was in Mannez quarry, 1 Tree Pipit was ringed at either site and other species included:2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Chiffchaff.

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Western Subalpine Warbler – Mannez nature reserve- photo Paul Veron

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Western Subalpine Warbler – Mannez nature reserve- photo Paul Veron

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Trainees at the Obs this morning ringing  – Left Anne-Isabelle Boulon, near right Samantha Osborne, beside Emma Pinch

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