Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The most exciting news of the day concerned a Manx Shearwater, innocuously picked up by Plas, found wearing a Spanish ring. Amazingly, this is the first UK bird to be found ringed in Spain and only ninth recovery from overseas.

Breeding birds were mostly on the agenda for the day but that didn’t stop one Common Scoter, one Ringed Plover, two Sanderlings, two Dunlins, four Whimbrels, one Curlew, two Collared Doves, 12 House Martins, 14 Sedge Warblers, one Reed Warbler, four Whitethroats, six Blackcaps, ten Chiffchaffs, 16 Spotted Flycatchers, one Starling, and three Lesser Redpolls from being recorded.

Concerted seabird counts were undertaken most of the day on the East Side of the Mountain producing impressive figures such as 85 Shags, 120 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 565 Herring Gulls, 213 Kittiwakes, 660 Guillemots, 2247 Razorbills, and 79 Puffins.

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