Tuesday 1 July 2014

A Mwnt of Stormie Surprises.....

Just home from our third visit this year to catch Storm Petrels at Mwnt in Ceredigion.

00:40 net visit: - 5 Storm Petrels, a great start !
Two controls, two new birds and a retrap of ours, ringed at Mwnt but...on the 5th July 2013.
These are thought to be non-breeding birds, and with no known breeding birds closer than the Pembrokeshire islands or Bardsey...a particularly interesting recapture almost one year later !

01:00 net visit:- 5 Storm Petrels !!
Another control and four new birds.

A slow down in activity now, but our first Manx Shearwater in a Mwnt net wasn't really a surprise. On most visits they are flying around and behind the headland calling as they fly.
Three more new Stormies before the gulls started calling at 02:45....... a sign that dawn on it's way...

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