Thursday, 28 May 2015

Something of a bright and breezy day was spent largely carrying out various breeding bird surveys and counts. We are currently a third of the way through counting the number of Manx Shearwater burrows on the East Side of the island, to get an idea of the island's total number of breeding birds. Several nests of Wheatears were found in the afternoon and the chicks were duly ringed. In terms of migrants, there were counts of 2105 Manx Shearwaters, 31 Gannets, one Dunlin, one Sanderling, two Whimbrels and 282 Kittiwakes off the island's coast, whilst 123 Swallows, nine House Martins, four Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat and one Blackcap inland. A single Little Egret over the North End was perhaps the most notable sighting of the day.

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Ten Wheatear chicks were ringed during the day

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