The ringing over the couple of sessions was very poor as a result of the lack of birds, with only a handful caught. Ringing on similar dates last year produced up to 60 birds so the numbers continue to fall under par, indicating a poor breeding season. Hopefully the northern migrants will be more plentiful from now to December!
Portstewart Strand Totals
Blue Tit 1
Dunnock 2 1
Goldcrest 1 3
Meadow Pipit 3 1
Willow Warbler 3 1
Totals 22 6
The Peregrine pair in Coleraine seem to have bred successfully this year following s few years of disturbance/persecution. There have probably been two juveniles terrorising the birds of the estuary and have been providing a bit of entertainment - they have even been testing the large gulls.
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon
We received news of another one of our Storm Petrels being recovered in the Western Isles of Scotland. The bird was retrapped in the Treshnish Isles on Lunga on the 26th June this year. This is our sixth bird to the island group following 4 birds recovered on Lunga last year and another bird on Fladda. Interestingly, two birds ringed at the same time as this bird were also recovered in the same place. It was ringed on the 12th of July 2014 and recovered 715 days later at a distance of 146km.
Storm Petrel recovery on the Treshnish Isles