• Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Sora
  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

A foggy start to the day with drizzle during seabird surveys. However, the number of Kittiwake and Guillemot chicks keep increasing every time we monitor them, and the ones who are a week or so old are now looking very smart. Due to the breeding ecology of the auks, the Guillemots will be jumping the cliffs soon!

Sticking with the seabird theme, an afternoon check of our Manx Shearwater boxes resulted in a freshly hatched chick, a pipping chick and two expected to hatch today but have not yet! A great success for this ongoing project and our work to monitor the boxes so systematically has resulted in us knowing the hatch days within a couple of days.

Ringing

24 06 23 Wheatear LodgeGarden Thomas WestonPied Wagtail caught in the Lodge Garden. ©Thomas Weston

An evening Starling and House Sparrow session was successful with new breeding adults colour ringed, retrap breeding adults from previous years, a few of our fully fledged juveniles we ringed in the nests earlier this year as chicks and new juveniles almost certainly from wild/inaccessible nests. Two Pied Wagtails were a pleasant surprise with one recently ringed in Millcombe and the other a new bird.