• Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Sora
  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

2024 03 19 RedThroatedDiver LandingBay ThomasWestonA foggy Red-throated Diver in the Landing Bay. ©Thomas WestonA foggy start after a stormy night resulted in a census of two halves. Millcombe was very warm and humid with a Raven, a Chiffchaff, 5 Robin, 12 Dunnocks, 5 Woodpigeons, 3 Chaffinches, a single lost looking Sand Martin, 3 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 11 Wrens and 7 Blackbird were spotted. The fog lifted enough to see the Landing Bay and the visibility was good. Here, 2 Red-throated Divers (scarce here), the overwintering adult winter Great northern Diver, a Guillemot, a Gannet, 2 Shag, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Great Black-backed Gull and 15 Herring Gulls were spotted. The fog soon dropped and the walk past Benjamin’s Chair resulted in a small flock of Linnet feeding on the clifftop. Rocket Pole Pond had a pair of Mallard (4 seen today in total) and the pair of Stonechat continued to build their nest. Walking through Southwest field and the Airfield saw singing Skylarks and Meadow Pipits noted but by this point even we were getting lost and disorientated today! Finding ¼ wall was an achievement but the small flock of Carrion Crows and a Pied Wagtail in Brick Field alongside a few flyover ‘alba wagtails’ were the highlights.    

Outside the census period, notable sightings by allcomers:

  • 1st Firecrest of the year was in Millcombe around midday.
  • Single Swallow flew south through the Village.
  • A female Merlin flew over St Helen’s Copse.
  • Male Wheatears were seen beyond ¼ Wall, in Barton’s Field and in Tillage Field.
  • A small flock of Puffin made landfall at Jenny’s Cove this morning with a flock later noted offshore.
  • A flock of 6 Sand Martins flew south through Millcombe this afternoon.

Ringing

With the weather calming down enough to open the nets, a couple of hours in Millcombe resulted in just one bird being caught, a new Chiffchaff.