• Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Sora
  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

A warm day with light SE winds resulted in some new arrivals again.

2024 05 17 SubalpineWarbler PointlessWall TWestonSubalpine Warbler by Pointless Wall. ©Thomas Weston

The standout highlight was two immature/female type Golden Orioles joining our adult male. This means that in the last four days, there have been three different birds seen in Millcombe and the surrounding area. Now that is pretty impressive, and we are not sure if there are an other sites across the UK that have this many at the moment. Moreover, thank you to one of our guests for reporting a female type of Subalpine Warbler on the Airfield to us this afternoon. The bird was refound again in the evening to help with the identity. However, the reluctancy to call, the super elusive behaviour of the bird in the gorse bushes, and the inability to drop a faecal sample in view made it incredible difficult to prove the bird's identity. Alas the bird will remain a Subalp spp. 

Census was productive with 4 Mallards, 2 Feral Pigeon, 5 Woodpigeons, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Oystercatchers, 8 Razorbills, 210 Herring Gulls, 2 Great-Black Backed Gulls, 13 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls, 3 Shag, single Peregrine, 8 Carrion Crows, 9 Ravens, 3 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Swallows, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Wrens, 45 Starling, single Song Thrush, 8 Blackbird, 8 Robins, single male Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 8 Dunnock, 29 House Sparrows, single Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Chaffinch, 20 Linnets, and 4 Goldfinches