• Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Sora
  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

Another sunny, southernly wind led to some interesting sightings today. The day started with a ‘new in’ Great Northern Diver joining the overwintering adult in South Landing whilst ringing was being undertaken in Millcombe. A visitor reported almost standing on a Snipe spp before it flew off, meaning they had almost certainly found one of the overwintering Jack Snipe on the island. The sunny weather in the morning saw an impressive 22 Skylark noted across the island with the majority of these singing.  Signs of some movement was particularly noted again in the Stonechat and Meadow Pipit with 9 and 65 counted respectively. However, an apparent afternoon arrival of wagtails saw the first White Wagtail of the year amongst the sheep on Highstreet Field, 12 Pied Wagtails (subspecies yarelli) seen on Brick Field/Airfield and 3 unidentified ‘alba wagtails’ which flew over north. The arrival led to some impressive views of the female type Merlin who began hunting the flock, as well as some nearby Meadow Pipits, finally grabbing one of the latter around the Old Hospital.

Adult Iceland Gull on Pondsbury © T WestonAdult Iceland Gull on Pondsbury © T Weston

A check of Pondsbury yielded a stonking adult Iceland Gull, the first of the year. This species is an annual vagrant with one record per year on average. The bird was roosting with a flock of Herring, Lesser-black backed and Great-black backed gulls on Pondsbury before flying off towards the west coast. Other species seen on the pond included 3 Eurasian Teal, a Water Rail (heard) and 2 Snipe. Checking along the coastline from North Light to the East and then to Millcombe Valley yielded roughly ~100 auks, 10 Oystercatchers, 165 Herring Gulls, 20 Lesser-black backed gulls, 8 Rock Pipits, 27 Fulmar, 42 Gannet (feeding amongst a pod of dolphins), a pair of Peregrines, 8 Raven, 22 Carrion Crow, 2 Redwing and a Song Thrush.

Ringing

A short session in Millcombe resulted in all birds caught being retraps. The oldest was a House Sparrow ringed as a chick in 2021. The bird had lost a couple of colour rings and these were replaced as part of the Lundy Sparrow Project that is ongoing on the island.