• Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Sora
  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

Sightings


2024 03 03 Robin T WestonA ringed Robin in Millcombe © Thomas Weston

A sunny, calm day resulted in a little ringing at Millcombe this morning whilst the census was undertaken. Totals were not high (see below), but it was certainly nice to be out. Combined census/ringing sightings included the overwintering adult Great-northern Diver in the Landing Bay, whilst in the valley a flock of 8 Woodpigeons, 2 Water rail, a Woodcock (flushed whilst opening nets), 3 Goldcrest, 3 Song thrush, 3 Redwing (one in sub-song) and 11 Blackbirds were noteworthy. A sign of some migration came in the form of a flock of 4 Goldfinches flying between the trees and a small increase in Chaffinches to 7 individuals.

On the census route, the warmth enticed about 200 Razorbills and 12 Guillemots to raft off Benjamin’s Chair this morning. However, there were no sign of any Puffin yet, but this is a good place to have a look if you are on the island in the next few weeks/months. Whilst walking around the Southwest field and across the Airfield, it was really nice to hear the Skylarks in full song and the first Meadow Pipit starting to sing and perform their parachute display – this really is a sure sign early spring is here. Moreover, the numbers of Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and Starling were down on yesterday’s counts with 5, 25 and 178 birds, respectively, showing how each day can be quite different here. A pair of Pied Wagtails were setting up territory around the north of the village, whilst the ever-present flocks of non-breeding Carrion Crow and Raven continue to remain around the village.

A guided walk in the afternoon yielded 4 Teal on Pondsbury, as well as a total of 12 Mallards on the freshwater pools/ponds. The walk took guests from the Old Hospital on the east coast to Jenny’s Cove in the West. A large feeding frenzy off the east resulted in 641 Herring Gulls, 28 Great-black backed Gulls, 18 Kittiwake, and 34 Gannets seen. However, on the west coast, displaying Rock Pipits were singing on the cliffs whilst 32 Fulmar were seen on their breeding ledges.

Ringing

A quiet session with only one new bird caught today. Retraps were mostly from last Autumn with one Blackbird ringed in 2021 and showing signs of breeding!