Monday 15 April 2024

The Bangor students had first experience on carrying out the daily census, shadowing the Obs staff on their morning rounds. The island was bathed in glorious sunshine all day, however force seven westerly winds made detecting birds in the bushes hard work.  

Students sheltering from the wind at the North End Hide © Kate Fox
A Ringed Plover was seen on the Narrows, two Whimbrels around the coast, a Common Sandpiper on the beach at Traeth Ffynnon along with a Redwing in the hedge. A Swallow flew north over Cristin, nine Wheatears were seen around the island, as well as a total of 16 Blackcaps, nine Chiffchaffs, 23 Willow Warblers and four Goldcrests

The mystery Nightingale that has been frequenting the hedge just north of the Narrows was finally confirmed as a Common Nightingale after Ed managed to record it singing quietly in the same area in the afternoon. 

Other birds included four Shelducks around the Narrows, a Kestrel at Nant, a Merlin at the North End and two Goldfinches around the Obs. 

Merlin at the North End © Kate Fox

The students spent the afternoon out of the wind having an ID workshop, focusing on bird sounds with Kate and visual ID with Steve. In the evening after log, Steve gave a talk about his time at the International Bird Observatories Conference in Israel. 

Bird sound ID workshop with Kate © Joel Tragen

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