Monday, 31 May 2010

A bright and calm day was quickly enlivened by the discovery of a 1st-summer male Common Rosefinch singing at Nant. It spent the morning moving between the gardens at the north end of the island before relocating to the observatory in the afternoon. A smart male Pied Flycatcher was also at Nant, along with eight Spotted Flycatchers and three Lesser Redpolls. A Lapwing was found on the South End, a couple of Dunlins were on Solfach and four House Martins were seen. A second brood of Ringed Plovers hatched on the Narrows and were ringed in the morning.

Breeding birds are now taking up where migration is lacking. One brood of Choughs (one live chick) was ringed this afternoon, along with about a dozen young Shags and one of the Peregrine chicks.

Common Rosefinch (c) Steve Stansfield

One of the four Ringed Plover chicks ringed today (c) Richard Brown
Two chicks remained in the nest scrape with a further two hidden close by. (c) Richard Brown

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