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Monday, 1 August 2011

Storm Petrel ringing at Deep Point

Storm petrel 

   Last night we arrived at Deep Point at 21.45 to find that John and Graham had already erected the nets up and were tape luring both Storm and Leach's Petrel. Half an hour later and the first Stormie was in the net, ringed and released. A total of over 15 Storm Petrel were trapped in the two hours we were there. We might of trapped more, but the guys changed the tape and started playing out Manx Shearwater, which we did hear and in the spotlight, see the odd ones fly by. Higgo, Gayna and I, all left just before twelve, while the ringers continued well into the early hours of the morning and caught a total of 47 Storm Petrel. Including yesterdays 30 they trapped the night before, thats makes it 77.
  I think if they played a bit of Neil Young and Tom Petty, then every bird out at sea would have come into have a listen!

A good night kiss from Higgo 

   At Lower Moors there was a juvenile Green Sandpiper and a Water Rail was heard in the wood and the dead pine walk at the Garrison produced 3 Blackcap and Willow Warbler.

  While at Mick's, checking out the moth traps, a call from Robin told me that there were 10 Mediterranean Gull at Porthloo! I thought I did well in seeing 2 juvs and an adult there this morning. I was there with in minutes and found that Martin was also there. In the end we counting a Scilly record of 9 juvenile and 1 1st summer and adult Mediterranean Gull! A total of 11 birds feeding with over 70 Black-headed Gull!  

6 Mediterranean Gulls  

The adult Med 

2 of the juvs this morning   

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