13th June

Although a couple of Storm Petrels had been trapped and ringed overnight at the Bill the daylight hours were pretty uneventful. A Grey Wagtail was an out-of-season visitor to the Bill where a Willow Warbler was also new but the only other reports were of 20 Common Scoter and a few Manx Shearwaters through on the sea there.

A group of 10 or so Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off the Bill during the afternoon.

One of last night's Storm Petrels © Martin Cade:

Just a few years ago it would have been unimaginable that anything remotely interesting could have been written about a Greenfinch trapped and ringed at the Obs - at that time they were one of the commonest breeding passerines at the Bill and dozens were ringed at this time of year. However, such has been the scale of their recent demise throughout the island that this bird (actually it was one of two caught together that we presume wandered from Culverwell where at least two pairs have been present) was the first juvenile ringed at the Obs for three years © Martin Cade: