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The wind was still from the north…

The wind was still from the north today and but was calm enough to open the nets in the Observatory garden. It was quiet with the majority of the catch being finches including Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. A Sedge Warbler, three Blackcaps and three Willow Warblers were also ringed.

Solfach was busy again today with three Bar-tailed Godwits, three Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlins and 15 White Wagtails. The bird of the day however was a Greylag Goose that flew the length of the island before turning around at the South End and spending the afternoon on Pwll Cain. Four Harbour Porpoises were also seen off the North End. 
Greylag Goose

Whilst walking through the Wetlands, Stuart recorded the first Bogbean flowering. It has strange ‘hairy’ white flowers and can be found in two locations by the streams near the Narrows. The Common Spotted Orchid leaves are also present and these should be flowering in the next few weeks.
Bogbean
Birds today: one Greylag Goose, one Sparrowhawk, one Merlin, four Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlins, one Snipe, five Bartailed Godwits, 31 Whimbrels, two Curlews, five Turnstones, 25 Swallows, two House Martins, 15 White Wagtails, three Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat, three Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, eight Willow Warblers, one Goldcrest, 13 Siskins, 17 Goldfinches, 10 Lesser Redpolls

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