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Slightly breezy today from the…

Slightly breezy today from the south, with the slightest amount of rain at points. It was nice weather for birding though, made better by the fact that the Woodchat Shrike had stuck around for a second day.

The day really started early for Sam and Stuart who were out dazzling and ringing a few Manx Shearwaters. There were a few waders on Solfach, but it was a male Ringed Plover that was caught. Quite a beauty it was, too.

Ringed Plover caught on Solfach

The birdlife was fairly quiet, besides the shrike which was sticking to the fields in front of the obs. Amongst others, the migrant highlights included Spotted Flycatchers and a Common Gull which briefly flew across Solfach. Also on Solfach were 32 Turnstones which is the highest total there has been since the 26th of March! In other wader news, the Oystercatchers are nearly all on eggs, so it will be time to count the pairs and nests early next week.

Oystercatcher nest

In the afternoon Stuart felt suddenly inclined to build (or rebuild) the bug hotel at the obs, so he, Megan and Sam began gathering materials to use in the construction. It is now an absolute thing of beauty!

The Bardsey Bug Hotel!
Birds today: 11 Gannets, one Grey Heron, one Buzzard, six Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, four Whimbrels, 32 Turnstones, one Common Gull, one Collared Dove, nine House Martins, seven Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, one Goldcrest, four Spotted Flycatchers and four Siskins.

Ringing Totals: Blackcap 2, Manx Shearwater 13 (12), Ringed Plover 1.

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