• Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Sora
  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

2024 03 02 Stonechat male T WestonStonechat male on a gorse bush © Thomas Weston.

Sightings

Today was the first day it felt like spring migration had begun. It was noticeable that a small passage of Meadow Pipits was heading NW over the island throughout the morning with a total of 87 birds recorded between 07:00-11:00. It was great to watch as they came in off the south coast before pausing for only a few seconds before heading on their travels. In addition, the non-breeding flock of Carrion Crows in Brick field increased to 25 (up from 9 yesterday), 13 Skylarks were seen on the airfield after their winter vacation off island, 5 Linnet were touring the south coast, 7 Pied Wagtails arrived on Tillage, 273 Starlings were feeding in Highstreet Field, and 10 ‘new’ Stonechats arrived on the east coast with a flock of 6 (5 males and a female) arriving just after 09:45 at the Old Hospital. With some new birds in the area, it was not too surprising that the birds of prey were to follow. This included a new female Sparrowhawk, and a pair of Peregrine seen hunting the east cliffs. Migration in action!

Alongside the species noted above, other species seen around the island included the overwintering female Merlin seen darting around the church field. On the freshwater areas of the island, 11 Mallard, 2 Eurasian Teal (a decrease overnight) and 2 Water rail were recorded, whilst on the coast, a single Oystercatcher, 11 Kittiwake, 118 Herring gulls, 14 Lesser-black backed gulls, 2 Fulmar, 7 Gannet and 4 Shag were noted.

Ringing

We set up the nets in Millcombe this afternoon, so we hope to get out soon. However, this evening we went out with a small group of guests. We managed to see 3 Woodcock, 13 Snipe and 2 Skylark. Our ringed birds were all originally ringed last Autumn, so it is great to see they have remained for the winter.