• Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • 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

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Sora

2024 03 14 PurpleSandpiper BrazenWard TWestonPurple Sandpiper at Brazen Ward. ©Thomas Weston

Island life can be a challenge for both the birds and the staff here, but we still got out, even if that led to us being very damp. Today's sightings show there was a little movement but we are really hoping the weather brightens a little soon.

Census resulted in low numbers of seabirds due to the cloud base being so low. This included, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, 68 Herring Gulls, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 auk spp, 6 Gannet and 12 Shag. In Millcombe 8 Woodpigeons, 22 Carrion Crow, 4 Raven, 4 Goldcrest, 10 Wren, 7 Blackbirds, Redwing, Song Thrush, 5 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinches and a Goldfinch. Out in the fields, the female Kestrel, 7 Skylark, 53 Starlings, a ‘new in’ male Wheatear, Stonechat, 6 Pied Wagtails, alba sp, 23 Meadow Pipits, Rock Pipit, Linnet and 5 Mallard were seen. The Village flock of 12 House Sparrows were noted today, though many will be hunkered down.

A walk to Brazen Ward and onto North Light via Pondsbury resulted in 44 Meadow Pipits (lots in song flight and displaying), 48 Herring Gulls, 36 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, 8 Gannet, 13 Shag, 2 Skylark, 8 Wren, a Goldcrest hidden amongst the braken and moving southeast, a 1st winter/2nd Calander year Common Gull (scarce here) dip feeding off Brazen Ward before drifting south, 3 Stonechat, 18 Oystercatchers including a migrant flock of 12 on Brazen Ward in the high tide roost with 5 Purple Sandpipers (see photo above), 2 Blackbirds, 3 Peregrine, 32 Fulmar sat on ledges at North Light, 100 Auks (~40% Guillemot/ ~60 Razorbills), 32 Kittiwakes feeding off North Light, a pair of Eurasian Teal on Pondsbury, 2 female Mallard on Pondsbury, a Robin and 3 Rock Pipits.