Monday, 5 August 2019

It was once again calm today, however the weather had turned the night/early morning before and absolutely drenched the volunteer and staff member who were out ringing Manx Shearwaters! The nets were opened the next morning too, but the ringing session was easily the least productive of the week, yielding just two re-trap Blackbirds and a re-trap Wren!

The withies were strimmed and lopped today ready to catch passing migrants, which are starting to trickle in already.

Oak Eggars
Manx Shearwater burrows were checked once again for their weekly measurements, many are starting to grow their juvenile plumage now and moulting out of their fluffy down.
Later in the afternoon there was a football match on the Narrows between almost everyone on the island, which was good fun although definitely left some of us hobbling our achey bones around around afterwards!

Birds around today include: two juvenile Peregrines, two Kestrels, one Sanderling, six Dunlins, 26 Curlews, two Whimbrels, 10 Redshanks, three Common Sandpipers, one Turnstone, four Black-headed Gulls, three Sandwich Terns and one White Wagtail

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