A brief patch of fog in the morning cleared into another calm and bright day. In the morning Stuart and Ed opened the mist nets in the Observatory garden. The majority of the birds were newly fledged youngsters including Wrens, Blackbirds and Dunnocks . A male Stonechat and two Lesser Redpolls provided some variation. The new observatory guests enjoyed a small ringing demonstration and opening the moth trap.
|Stuart with a male Stonechat|
Sam, Ed and Megan continued with the Manx Shearwater census with four 100m squares being completed. It will now only take two more days to finish and we will be able to calculate the percentage increase in the number of burrows and estimate the population growth.
Most of the resident birds are fully engrossed with raising chicks, fledged Blackbirds, Wrens, Stonechats and Dunnocks are present across the island. Meadow Pipits and Wheatears are busy feeding chicks and Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Sedge Warblers appear to be holding territories.
Birds today: five Gannets, one Grey Heron, one Buzzard, one Ringed Plover, four Dunlins, one Collared Dove, 20 Swallows, eight House Martins, one Reed Warbler, four Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, one Siskin, two Lesser Redpolls
Ringing totals: Chiffchaff 2 (4), Wren 5 (3), Blackcap 1 (1), Stonechat (1), Dunnock 1 (1), Lesser Redpoll 2, Blackbird 2