• Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Sora
  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

A change in wind direction led to a cool North Westerly wind pushed away the humid, foggy conditions we have had the last few days leading to a sunny day and cooler temperatures. Due to it being a changeover day, the census was split with Joe and Thomas taking half the census each.

Census counts included a single Water Rail, 6 Woodpigeons, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 12 Wrens, a Song Thrush, 3 Blackbirds, 3 Robins, 6 Dunnocks, 8 Chaffinches, a single Linnet, 3 Goldfinches, a single Fieldfare, and 32 Redwing were in Millcombe. Interesting sightings from the Ugly included a flyby Woodcock and Cormorant whilst in the Landing Bay 2 Guillemot, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, single Red-throated Diver and a single Great Northern Diver were seen. Off Benjamin’s Chair, 38 Razorbills, a Peregrine, and 10 Shag were sheltering from the wind. At Rocket Pole Pond, a Mallard, and a small flock of 15 Redwing were seen whilst a Kestrel was on the Church for the second day in a row. Between Southwest Fields and the Airfield, 8 Skylarks, 3 Stonechats, 4 Pied Wagtails and 26 Meadow Pipits were seen. Moving northwards, in Tillage and Brick Fields, a Chiffchaff and 28 Carrion Crows were spotted with counts from The Village included 4 Ravens, a pair of Blackbirds, 30 House Sparrows, and 42 Starlings. Gulls seen throughout the census included 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 99 Herring Gulls and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

2024 03 23 Dunnock Terraces ThomasWestonA singing Dunnock on the Terraces. ©Thomas Weston

A quick check of The Terraces and Heligoland Trap resulted in a small flock of Redwing, a couple of Dunnocks, a pair of Blackbirds, a Chiffchaff, and a pair of Stonechat. It's always good to record any breeding behaviour of birds seen on the island as demonstrated by this Dunnock above. With jobs needing to be completed this afternoon, highlights between tasks included a Siskin over Millcombe and 2 Gannets off South Light. With new guests on the island, it was great to  hear that the American Green-winged Teal was still with 6 European Teal on Pondsbury.