What a day. Beautiful, sunny weather and plenty of birds. After a pretty poor spring for the weather, today was calm, sunny and reached 10.7 degrees (although it felt much warmer!). The birds were impressive as well, with morning traps providing us with two Red-backed Shrikes in the hand before breakfast (then a third mist-netted at the Obs), a good start! A flock of six Tree Sparrows then dropped into the Obs garden whilst the shrikes were being ringed (with one of them dropping into the mist net), the first record for the year.
|Male Red-backed Shrike, a great little bird.|
|The female Subalp in the Gully shortly before capture (I didn't get any pictures in the hand, but I'll borrow someone else's to post tomorrow).|
|This ringed male Bluethroat at Lower Stoneybrek in the afternoon was presumably the bird caught earlier in the Vaadal.|
|Assessing Red-backed Shrike numbers is not always easy as they can be rather mobile as they follow fencelines around the island, so the seven counted may have been an underestimate.|
|Although Redwings in May are not unusual, this one was in full song at Stackhoull, which is less expected.|
Sunshine, good company and good birds ensured today was thoroughly enjoyable, and whilst we may lose the sun (and gain a stronger wind) over the next couple of days, we’ll hopefully gain more birds. Late May is the time when migrants can include ‘the biggy’, so we’ll see what tomorrow produces…
|A great way to end the day. Grace and I went to watch the Puffins on Roskillie after Log and spent an hour or so in their company.|