Gib & Covenham 14/5/09

The dull skies with cool easterlies made it feel more like autumn at Gib rather than spring. With overnight rain and the easterlies hopes were high but the bushes were very quiet. Only birds on the move were terns, hirundines & swifts. Highlights: 27 Avocets, 8 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Scoter, 9 Eider, 2 Gannet, c40 Commic Tern, c30 Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, 2 Turtle Dove and a Fulmar over the saltmarsh!
Dropped in at Covenham on the way back for the White-winged Black Tern but the star bird had moved on. Did see 7 Black Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, Hobby & 4 Common Sandpiper.

Cinnabar Moth - the caterpillars feed almost exclusively on ragwort, ingesting cyanide contained in the ragwort.

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