• Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Sora
  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

Today was a damp, windy and dreary day with low cloud shrouding the island for most of the day bringing frequent showers and strong gusts throughout the day.

 Morning census was heavily affected by the weather and completed by Joe today. Census resulted in a Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Goldfinches and 2 Chaffinch in Millcombe, the Great-northern Diver in the Landing Bay; 82 Razorbills, 2 Rock Pipit and 22 Auk spp seen through the cloud at Benjamin’s Cove; plus 2 Pied Wagtail and small numbers of House Sparrow and Starling in The Village.

2024 03 12 PurpleSandpiper TWestonPurple Sandpiper flock ©Thomas Weston

An additional walk to Brasen Ward by Thomas resulted in good coverage of the east coast today. However, to begin, a distant check of Pondsbury resulted in 3 male and 2 female Eurasian Teal but no obvious sign of the Green-winged Teal today – it could have been hiding in the vegetation. A very brief patch of lighter cloud resulted in a couple of Skylark and Meadow Pipit singing. Brasen Ward was luckily below the cloud base and the flock of overwintering Purple Sandpiper were picked out quite quickly. There were 9 seen today (see photo above), though the highest count of the winter has been 14. Whilst watching the flock, passing Kittiwake, Gannet and Fulmar were noted and a surprise Common Sandpiper was heard flying along the coast but not seen unfortunately. Scrambling back up the cliff resulted in a wacky record of a Redwing which flew past along the cliffs before perching on a cliff face above a hauled out Grey Seal! A damp trek along the East with the visibility getting worst did not add too much to the counts apart from 4 Stonechat along the cliffs near the quarries.