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Spring is in the air

In May spring arrived, with MAY the temperature building up during the month, giving a particularly settled spell towards the end of the month. There was no rain at all after the 20th and temperatures were in the 20s after the 24th.

Although there was a cold start to the month, it was generally warmer and drier than recent months of May. Conditions were generally good for birds trying to migrate north and birds getting on with breeding. May, like April, was an interesting birding month, again with more than 100 species recorded.

Throughout the month, the numbers of familiar summer visitors like swallow, house martin, sand martin, willow warbler, whitethroat, sedge warbler and cuckoo continued to build up. In addition to the ‘firsts’ reported in the April notes, here are some further ‘firsts’ with the 2017 arrival dates in brackets for comparison: lesser whitethroat on Cleats Shore on 30 April (11 May), two swift over Blackwaterfoot on 5th (5 May) and a garden warbler in Gortonallister on 31st (28 June). There were only two records of garden warbler in 2017. To date there have been no reports this year of wood warbler, common redstart, nightjar, corncrake or common tern.

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