Crow nest in the withies
The main excitement of the day came in the afternoon when the Obs staff set off to ring some Chough chicks. Choughs, for those who don't know, nest in some very awkward places, often the nests are just plain inaccessible, at the least, a bit of a climb is required! The nest today was one of the easier ones to get to but still a bit of a scramble and a squeeze! At least three chicks were in the nest, but one hopped out of reach and so only two were accessed. They were colour-ringed and we'll be going to more nests tomorrow, so should be adding a few more to the totals!
Chough chick getting its colour-ring combination
Other sightings today include: four Fulmars, one Buzzard, one Peregrine, 107 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrels, one Curlew, 38 Swallows, four House Martins, 20 Stonechats and nine Wheatears.
A very brief ringing session in the withies yielded two Sedge Warblers