Thursday, 22 August 2019

Today was much the same as the week has been, a reasonably strong wind from the west but generally it stayed dry.

The young birders were kept busy again with some ringing on the beach with the portable heligoland trap and some spring traps catching Rock Pipits. In the afternoon some Manx Shearwaters chicks were ringed at the north end with all the young birders searching every burrow they could to find a chick within reach. An activity that is very exclusive to a few places in the UK and so it is a special opportunity for these select few young birders.   

Birds were fairly thin on the ground. Counts from today including varying amount of seawatching and census work included 1173 Manx Shearwaters, 84 Gannets, three Common Scoter, singles of Buzzard and Peregrine, three Ringed Plovers, five Sanderling, four Dunlin, 13 Whimbrel, 65 Curlew, two Arctic Skua, three Great Skua, 139 Kittiwake, six Arctic Terns, a single Robin and Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Wheatear, four each of Willow Warbler and Goldcrest, 27 Magpies and 185 Linnets.

The evening finished with a quiz captained by our three members of staff. Although all the questions were bird related it included different subjects, for example geography, history, general knowledge, latin, as well as the usual identification pictures. Things got very competitive quickly and at the end of 66 answers the scores could not have been closer with the three teams scoring 49, 49 and 50!   

Quiz night!

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