15th May 2018

Nets opened at 0345 and 1145 after a guided talk.

A total of 26 new birds of 12 species including (at last) the first Garden Warbler (Trädgårdssångare) of the year and, best bird of the day, a Red-flanked Bluetail (Blåstjärt), only the third ever trapped at the Observatory, after one in 2004 (4th Oct) and one in 2010 (11th May). The bird was released at Saltmar to minimise the risk of it being re-trapped during the morning.

A Black Kite (Brun glada) was observed migrating north past the Obs.

Guided talk given to 13 people from 1130 until 1245.

There will be four at the Obs tonight; Chris, Kay, Chloe and Steve.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Bluethroat Blåhake 1
Red-flanked Bluetail Blåstjärt 1
Redstart Rödstjärt 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Whitethroat Törnsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 6
Starling Stare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1

of interest

Black Kite Brun glada 1 Migrating north
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating north