• Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Sora
  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

A warm census today with a breezy but warm SW wind. Millcombe was a bit sheltered and held most of the juvenile passerines. Here, our breeding residents included a single Robin, single Woodpigeon, single Song Thrush, 13 Blackbirds (couple of broods seen), 7 Dunnock, 4 Goldfinches, and 19 Wrens (juveniles heard across the route). Breeding migrants included a single Blackcap (possibly a juvenile or female based on call), 3 out of the 4 Whitethroats, single Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff. It is hard to tell what’s really going on with the gulls in the colonies and on the plateau but today a single Great-Black Backed Gull, 78 Herring Gulls and 10 Lesser-Black Backed Gull were seen. Benjamin’s Chair was a bit choppy but held a few seabirds below. This involved 78 Guillemots and 6 Puffin on the water and a slight passage of 17 Manx Shearwaters and 3 Gannets. Walking towards Rocket Pole Pond and the juvenile Grey Heron was seen on the pond again. Moving through the fields, flocks of Starlings emerged and flew along the walls, 3 Skylark were singing, 2 Wheatears and 3 Stonechats alerted me to their presence and 14 Meadow Pipits fed in the grass. Old Light was a little hotspot for activity today with 2 juvenile Rock Pipits, 21 Linnets, single male Kestrel trying to hunt Starlings and a flock of 13 Carrion Crows in the vicinity. Walking back into the village and then the village itself, 12 Mallard, 5 Feral Pigeons, 4 Collared Doves, a single Swallow, 16 House Sparrows and 3 Pied Wagtails were seen.

Later, the Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow hybrid was seen again on the Airfield and the Yellow Wagtail male was heard only flying around Barton’s Field.