• Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Sora

Some late news from yesterday by the first 4 Manx Shearwater and the first Wheatear of the year were both seen by members of the public! 

2024 03 11 GreenWingedTeal Pondsbury TWestonGreen-winged Teal on Pondsbury this morning. ©Thomas Weston

This morning was lovely and sunny with a little to no wind at all. Millcombe was busy this morning with a noticeable arrival of 7 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest, all unringed, feeding in the trees. The first Siskin of the year flew up and down the valley calling, and a pair of Goldfinches were showing well in the trees. Out in the Landing Bay, a flock of 100 Razorbills, 6 Shag, small flocks of Herring Gull and Lesser-black Backed Gulls, as well as 4 piping Oystercatchers were seen.

Walking round to Benjamin’s Chair, a flock of Ravens were on the Church – these almost certainly The Village flock. At Benjamin’s Chair, it was nice to see a flock of 186 Razorbills and 30+ Guillemot rafting offshore, as well as another pair of Oystercatchers here. Nearby, at Rocket Pole Pond, the usual 4 Mallard were present. This area was particularly good for both Skylark and Meadow Pipits and throughout the whole census, a total of 17 Skylark (8 singing males) and 72 Meadow Pipits (4 singing males) were seen. Moving over the style to Old Light and a small flock of Starlings were defending territories on the building. The numbers of this species have decreased the least few days as overwintering birds leave the island for breeding grounds further afield. Onto Ackland’s Moor and The Airfield, this section was quite birdy, with a pair of Linnet on the fence, a Carrion Crow flew NW out to sea, and a female Kestrel (possibly the overwintering individual) was seen hunting along Quarter Wall.

A non-census check of The Terraces resulted in great views of a pair of male Stonechat chasing a female along the cliffs, a single Oystercatcher and an additional 4 Skylarks singing at the top of the cliffs. Due to the weather, it was decided to check out Pondsbury. It was great to see a flock of 4 Mallard (1M+3F) on the pool as well as 4 Eurasian Teal (1M+3F) and the appearance of the male American Green-winged Teal. The latter has not been seen since March 1st and so this was a very welcome sight (see photo above).

Back to the census and the Highstreet Field, Brick Field and Tillage were all quite quiet today with a small flock of Carrion Crows and Herring Gulls the only birds of note.

24 03 11 Puffin JennysCove Ester SpearsPuffin flock off JennysCove. ©Ester Spears

WE HAVE PUFFINS???.... Yes, 4 photographed off Jenny's Cove today!!!

Ringing

2024 03 11 Goldcrest Millcombe TWestonMale Goldcrest caught and ringed in Millcombe ©Thomas Weston

 An afternoon ringing session in Millcombe resulted in 13 birds being caught. This included 4 new Chiffchaff, 8 new male Goldcrest and a retrap female Goldcrest ringed last Autumn. It was incredible as we have only been catching retrap birds the last couple of weeks. A nocturnal session resulted in a new Snipe, a new Skylark and a retrap Jack Snipe too! Plus, we heard 7 Manx Shearwaters which was a great success, including the first couple calling from burrows.

 Ringing Totals