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Sandpipers are highlight of bumper year for breeding

June this year was much drier and warmer than in 2015.

With around half the rainfall and a mean temperature almost four degrees higher than last year, conditions were generally much better for our breeding birds.

Towards the end of the month, there were many reports of fledged birds in gardens, including unfamiliar looking young birds, such as goldfinch without the red face of the adult birds, robin with spots and no red breast, as well as the more familiar blackbirds, starlings and house sparrows.

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