• Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Sora
  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

A strong east wind came across the island today making the Landing Bay very rough and difficult to watch well. However, census was completed successfully meaning we achieved 100% of census counts throughout March, very exciting news and great data too!

2024 03 31 Redwing QuarterWall Thomas WestonAn 'icelandic' Redwing at Quarter Wall. ©Thomas Weston

Counts from census included a low number of Chiffchaff sticking to Millcombe; 23 Redwing of the Icelandic race in two distinct flocks of 11 (St Helen’s Copse) and 12 (1/4 Wall); 6 Robins with a total of two heard singing, the most were sticking low in Millcombe; 2 Pied Wagtails on the Airfield; 11 Wrens; 5 Goldcrest in Millcombe; 5 Goldfinches, potentially a mix of potential breeders and migrants; 5 Blackbirds mostly in Millcombe; 14 Meadow Pipits in SouthWest Field/Airfield; single Chaffinch; 3 Shag battling the waves in the Landing Bay; 43 Herring Gulls; 161 Razorbills split between the Landing Bay and Benjamin’s Chair; 21 Guillemots mixed in the auk flocks; 5 Woodpigeons in Smelly Gully; single Dunnock; single Gannet off the South Coast; 12 Linnets mostly flying North; a surprise Collared Dove in off the sea at Smelly Gully; 9 Skylark with 5 heard singing across Southwest Field/Airfield; the singing male Song Thrush in Millcombe; single male Blackcap; 2 Rock Pipits and a male Peregrine off Benjamin’s Chair; pair of Mallard on Rocket Pole Pond; 19 Carrion Crows; 2 ‘alba’ Wagtails North; 48 Starlings with the majority in the Village; single Willow Warbler at ¼ Wall; and 8 Ravens in the Village.

Additional sightings from the Terraces resulted in a pair of Wheatear, Raven, 3 Wren, Chiffchaff, 2 Redwing, single Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 66 Razorbills, single Shag and a single Fulmar.  

2024 03 31 Puffin JennysCove ThomasWestonSome of the Puffins as viewed from our Seabird Station at Jennys Cove. ©Thomas Weston

We have started out Jenny’s Cove Seabird Stations today with one of our team stationed around The Cheeses to enable people to see some of our breeding seabirds. The direction of the wind enabled us to shelter quite nicely on the cliffs and count the birds in the area. Highlights included 269 Puffins, 260 Guillemots, 57 Razorbills, 7 Herring Gulls and 12 Fulmars were on the cliffs; 37 Kittiwakes were offshore in a feeding flock; 12 Gannets were feeding above a pod of 5 Porpoise; a pair of Wheatear, 3 Rock Pipits, 19 Linnets, 3 Wrens and 2 Pied Wagtail were on the plateau feeding; 4 Oystercatchers and a Peregrine flew low past the cove; and 24 Swallows, House Martin and 2 Sand Martins flew low North heading towards the North End.  

A Wheatear wander resulted in 4 colour ringed birds found.

20240331 Wheat RW mYN2 SWF JPARKERWheatear RW mYN2 photographed in SouthWest Fields. Ringed in May 2023. ©Joe Parker