Wednesday 5 June 2019

5th June 2019

Today was no repeat of 10 years ago on this date when the Paddyfield warbler was a surprise visitor to the island, (below) 
The only ringing available today were 2 adult Linnets and a Meadow Pipit, all breeding birds, as was a Dunnock with a brood patch which was first ringed in 2018.
  There were lots of field voles, 12 were counted, and lots of juvenile frogs. 
A survey of the island confirmed that there were at least 3 Swallows nests.
A mammoth sea watch found 80 Gannets, 2 Manx Shearwaters, a few terns, some Great Crested Grebes but it was otherwise not very rewarding. The female eider with the damaged wing turned up after the tide.
Ringed: 2 Linnets, 1 Meadow Pipit.      [ 552-30 ]
photos JE

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