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A relatively calm morning meant…

A relatively calm morning meant that the nets were open in the Observatory garden first thing. It was quiet with a few Chiffchaffs still heading through in small numbers. We also ringed the first recently fledged Wren

It turned out to be another warm day with a trip organised to the East Side. Whilst preparing to leave, our new volunteer Ed spotted an Osprey flying low over the Island being mobbed by two Herring Gulls. This was the first for the year and fortunately most of the team had good views as it headed South. 
Osprey
Another brood of Choughs was ringed today. There was no need for ropes this time, although there were some Shag nests to contend with. These chicks were older than the ones

previously ringed three weeks ago, though have grown quickly since they were last monitored. Unfortunately another of the Chough nests has failed and was found empty. This may have happened during strong winds and high waves as it closer to sea level than other nests.

Stuart returned to safety to continue with Manx Shearwater productivity monitoring, whilst Sam and the volunteers continued ringing seabirds including Guillemots, Shags and Puffins. An older Oystercatcher chick was found in amongst the gull colony on the North End and was also ringed.

Puffin

Razorbill with a beak full of Sand Eels
A few moths were trapped last night including the first White Ermine of the year. 
White Ermine

Birds today: 50 Gannets, one Grey Heron, one Buzzard, one Osprey, one Curlew, two Turnstones, one Collared Dove, one House Martin, seven Chiffchaffs, one Siskin, six Lesser Redpolls

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