Friday, 5 June 2015

It was a great day on the island, getting off to a good start in the morning when a first summer female Red-breasted Flycatcher was trapped in the Heligoland trap at Cristin. This is the first one of the year, and is the first spring bird since 2013. A reasonable scattering of other migrants in the morning included a male Cuckoo, two Tree Pipits, one Reed Warbler, three Whitethroats, two Blackcaps and 17 Spotted Flycatchers. An interesting sighting in the morning concerned that of a Long-eared Owl, which flew around the North End, before heading north-east into the gull colony.

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Red-breasted Flycatcher

We have been undertaking a lot of surveys and ringing operations on the East Side in the last week or so, counting all of the breeding seabirds and ringing those which are accessible and big enough to ringed

Shag chick

Guillemot eggs

Carrion Crow chick

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