Monday, 10 May 2021

The wind from the South is starting to pay off with a few new birds recorded today. The first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was heard singing in the Wetlands first thing and another was trapped in the Heligoland. Sam was also sent a photo of the first Common Redstart of the year, a female seen by the Trust Wardens. 

Lesser Whitethroat

The first brood of Moorhens was recorded today with five chicks on Ty Pellaf pond. The four Raven chicks from the nest at Barcut have fledged and were doing noisy acrobatics above Pen Cristin in the high winds. 

This afternoon Sam and Megan headed down to the Withies with Rachel Porter for some watercolour painting of the local flora. Stuart went out with the endoscope and recorded several Manx Shearwater burrows with eggs as part of the Productivity survey.

Painting in the Withies

Birds today: 11 Fulmars, 19 Gannets, 289 Manx Shearwaters, eight Ringed Plovers, 40 Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins, 11 Whimbrels, one Curlew, 13 Turnstones, one Black-headed Gull, 12 Swallows, 21 House Martins, one Common Redstart, six Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, one Whitethroat, one Blackcap, one Chiffchaff, three Willow Warblers, four Spotted Flycatchers, 11 Goldfinches

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