Last night Paul, Jane, Dave Reed and I were joined by Marc Hughes and his son Aled to have a go at netting the high tide roost at Ynyslas. This year there are loads more terns than normal with unusual numbers of comic terns (170+) joining the 500+ Sandwich Terns present. There have even been a few Little and Black Terns and a lone Gull-billed Tern thrown in. Last nights high tide was a bit early in the evening so it wasn't quite dark enough to catch on the rising tide, even so, a total of 46 birds were caught comprising 25 Dunlin, 3 Knot, 3 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Sandwich Terns (including 1 control), 1 Arctic Tern and (most of) 1 Common Tern! (-it didn't have an upper mandible!!)
Given the weather this year it is a long time since so many bird bags
were called into use at the same time!
Juv Arctic Tern
A rare autumn Whimbrel. This juvenile was the 53rd we've caught so far this year but the only one since May!
Aled enjoying a late night Sandwich
Off to have another go tonight before the windy weather returns and scuppers things for a while!