We managed to get to all the Chough nests this year as Steve Hinde is extremely handy with ropes. Despite the extremely poor productivity, the ten young colour ringed took the Observatory total over the 500 mark. All the young birds are measured and weighed to see how well they are doing (c) Giselle Eagle
Other 2011 landmarks included the best ever Swallow total with 114 ringed (the yearly average on Bardsey is 25.89). The 45 Pied Wagtails ringed also set an annual record (the yearly average is 11.13). It was a good year for the common phylloscs with 405 Chiffchaff being the highest total since 1996 and the 996 Willow Warblers the best since 2002. The three young Peregrines ringed equals the best achieved on Bardsey. A total of 87 species were trapped, but with no new additions the number of species ringed on Bardsey remains at 193.