Saturday, 24 August 2019

Today was a calm and clear day with gentle a breeze from the East, making perfect conditions for the beginning of our young birders' journeys home after a fantastic week.

The early hours of Saturday saw the team head down to Nant Valley to attempt to catch and ring Storm Petrels in favourable conditions - and the late night paid off with ten birds being caught. Two of these were already ringed, including one bird that was at least 16 years old!

However the late night didn't deter some of the young birders from being up in the morning to open mist nets at the obs which was rewarded by catching one of two Pied Flycatchers that were around the garden. Other birds seen around the island included three Spotted Flycatchers, four Tree Pipit, four Robins, an increase to 30 Pied Wagtails and two Teal. A Clouded Yellow butterfly was also seen at the North End.

one of two Pied Flycatchers at the observatory

We say goodbye to our young birders until next year

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