• Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Sora
  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

2024 03 21 Chiffchaff2 Millcombe ThomasWestonOne of the many Chiffchaff seen feeding on the floor in Millcombe. ©Thomas Weston

A night of northerlies swapped to a south westerly wind resulting in an arrival of migrants to the island’s East Coast.

Day highlights:

  • 45 Chiffchaff – highest count of the year!
  • 26 Goldcrest – highest count of the year!
  • 8 Cormorants North
  • 3 Blackcaps – 1st of the year was only yesterday!
  • Green-winged Teal male on Pondsbury

Census was productive with the section through Millcombe resulted in 7 Robins, 6 Blackbirds (7 seen in total), 10 Dunnocks, our singing male Song Thrush, singing male Goldfinch, 8 Wrens (17 in total), 9 Chaffinches and a single Stonechat (4 in total), 24 Goldcrest, 30 Chiffchaff and 3 male Blackcap. From the Ugly, I was joined by two guests looking for the divers. We ended up spotting a flock of 8 Cormorants heading North, 120 Razorbills (388 in total), 4 Shag, single Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 3 Guillemot and 2 Great-northern Divers. From the descriptions it sounds like one of the Red-throated Divers were here but unfortunately whilst I was there, I could not see it. Up to Benjamin’s Chair resulted in sitting Herring Gulls, a Peregrine, a Rock Pipit, and a few singing Meadow Pipits to add to the totals. Rocket Pole Pond was quite with a couple of Mallard (4 in total), nesting Stonechat (4 in total) and a flock of Carrion Crow. A female Merlin, passage Sand Martins and a small flock of Pied Wagtails were along Highstreet Field. In the Village, a Blackcap and Wheatear came inoff and landed joining our resident Starlings and House Sparrows.

2024 03 21 Green wingedTeal Pondsbury ThomasWestonGreen winged Teal male on Pondsbury. ©Thomas Weston

A walk down the Terraces found another arrival of Chiffchaff with an additional 15 here! Also, another male Blackcap and a couple of Goldcrest in the Willows too were nice to see and begs the question of how many of the latter three species are currently on the island. The usual Robins, Dunnocks, Blackbirds and Stonechat were the best of the rest. Moving onto Pondsbury and the male Green-winged Teal was still present alongside three European Teal and a small flock of Sand Martins were feeding over the water.

 Ringing

Despite the fall, the wind was unfortunately in the wrong direction to open the Millcombe nets. However, one Robin was caught in the Heligoland.