Saturday, May 28, 2011

I can't remember the last calm day. But a few birds are still passing through the island, most notably a rather late Short-eared Owl which we found on the South End yesterday morning. A trickle of Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Spotted Flycatchers, along with a few flyover Redpolls and Swallows, are the only obvious migrants. So attention has turned to our breeding birds and we have been busy locating nests and ringing young. Yesterday we ringed a fantastic brood of three Peregrine chicks which were all a very good size. The masses of Manx Shearwater wings around the nest suggest that the adult birds are doing well at making the most of this abundant source of food.

 The breeding Oystercatcher and Chough were not impressed with the Short-eared Owl. (c) Richard Brown

One of several broods of Pied Wagtails which seem to be doing well in the outbuildings. (c) Richard Brown

Destined to become one of Britain's most hated birds, a robber of nests, a terroriser of bird tables, the subject of daft superstition and the nickname of the greatest Premier League football team. This magpie chick was one of three ringed from a gorse-top nest on the South End and the 59th species to be ringed this year. (c) Richard Brown

Another day, another Puss Moth update. The lads have started their second moult and are emerging with big faces and spotty flanks. (c) Richard Brown


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