• Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Sora

A cool Northwesterly wind graced the island again but a few migrants were getting through, even if they looked very tired...

2024 03 23 Blackcap Millcombe ThomasWestonTired male Blackcap in Millcombe. ©Thomas Weston

The day started with the census. Counts included 3 Mallard, 8 Woodpigeon, single Oystercatcher, 137 Herring Gulls, 19 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 5 Shag, 2 Peregrine, 38 Carrion Crow, 5 Raven. 4 Skylark, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 6 Wren, 27 Starlings, 8 Blackbirds, Song Thrush, 5 Robins, single Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 6 Dunnock, 10 House Sparrows, 2 Pied Wagtails, single ‘alba wagtail’, 12 Meadow Pipits, 5 Chaffinches, Linnet and 6 Goldfinches.

Thank you to fellow birders Andy and Tim for their sightings today that included the American Green-winged Teal male still on Pondsbury with 5 Eurasian Teal, a Red-throated Diver off the Ugly, a Great Northern Diver off The Terraces, at least 41 passing Manx Shearwaters off the North/East Coast, an arrival of Wheatear with at least 10 seen involving two colour ringed birds near the Battery, and a singing Greenfinch (scarce here) in Millcombe. There was no sign of the Purple Sandpipers today at Brazen Ward. However, the Lower East Path was the most sheltered spot throughout the day and therefore the best place to see Stonechats, Blackcap (see photo above) and Chiffchaff all feeding in the bracken and ivy.