Timeline 2018

31 January: Blue Y6, 2016 Nest 2 female offspring, youngest of three, seen again at Tanji Bird Reserve, The Gambia

21 February: Blue 6L, Acomb, 2017 Nest 3 female, youngest of three offspring, seen at Kafoutine in the Casamance region of southern Senegal

2 April: UV began his 3rd Spring migration
22 April: UV arrived in England

26 April: Blue Y1, 2016 male from Nest 1A photographed at Urdaibai Bird Center, Spain
7 May: Blue Y1 photographed at Portland Bill
8 May: Blue Y1 landed on Nest 1A, his natal nest


Nest 1A
7 April: White YA arrived at 15.36
9 April: Mrs YA landed at 16.31
24 April: first egg laid overnight
26 April: egg 2 laid at 13.23
29 April: egg 3 laid at 10.33

Nest 2
4 April: White EB was perched on the nest edge when streaming began
5 April: Yellow 37 landed at 08.43
25 April: egg 1 seen at 09.22
27 April: egg 2 laid at 13.41
30 April: egg 3 laid at 14.05

Nest 3
16 April (probably): Nest 3 female returns
Bonding with an unringed male starts
3 May: egg 1 seen at 08.55
7 May: egg 2 confirmed, probably laid am on 6 May
8 May: egg 3 laid between 13.00 and 16.00

Nest 4
6 April: Mrs 69 was on the nest late afternoon
7 April: Blue 69 was on the nest mid-morning
23 April: first egg seen at 09.12
25 April: egg 2 is laid at 13.11
28 April: egg 3 is laid at 09.50

See ‘Timelines 2008-2017’ for previous seasons’ highlights.