After last weeks fog it was nice to finally have a full day of glorious sunshine. After census the morning was spent cleaning the South side of the Observatory for our new guests. A few unexpected birds were seen by Ed including a Redshank on the Narrows and a Hooded Crow over the Observatory.
A Ringed Plover nest was found today after seeing a bird in the same area for the last few days. This is the first breeding record since 2014.
Sam, Stuart and Ed went out on the second boat trip to count seabirds on the East Side. This survey technique is best to count the Razorbills, Guillemots and Kittiwakes at the inaccessible areas. It is currently a record year for Shags, Kittiwakes and Fulmar with increases from 2020. The boat also allows close views of all the seabirds and the possibility to read colour rings on birds such as Shags.
Birds today: 27 Fulmars, 17 Gannets, 65 Shags, one Whimbrel, three Curlews, one Redshank, two Turnstones, 200 Kittiwakes, 1432 Guillemots, 585 Razorbills, 30 Puffins, nine Collared Doves, one HoodedCrow, four Lesser Redpolls