Late August highlights from Gib….

August 28th. Around were 9 Spoonbill, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Ruff, 6 Snipe, 3 Grey Heron, a Kingfisher and a Green Woodpecker. Heading south were 70 Swallow.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: 2 Wren, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat; and 5 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Linnet.


August 27th. Birds around included 13 Spoonbill, a Caspian Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Spotted Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 156 Black-tailed Godwit, 63 Avocet, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 14 Greenshank, a Ruff, 5 Egyptian Goose, a Pintail, 7 Arctic Skua, a Merlin, Green Woodpecker, a Garden Warbler, a Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear. Flying south were 700 Swallow, 15 House Martin and 8 Sand Martin.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 24 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 4 Linnet, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammer and a Sparrowhawk; and 7 retraps: a Linnet, 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackcap and a Dunnock.
The highlights of overnight moth-trapping were Hedge Rustic, Angle-barred Pug, Centre-barred Swallow, Purple Bar and Bulrush Wainscot.


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