• Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Sora
  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

2024 05 19 ColaredDove VillageLambingShed TWestonCollared Dove in the Village around the Lambing Shed. ©Thomas Weston

Another warm day on the island with bright blue skies and hot temperatures. It was impressive to see quite a bit of Saharan dust in the sunrise this morning. Without any concrete evidence, it is possibly this, as well as the wind direction that has been linked to the small influx of Painted Lady butterflies, Silver Y moths and the Southern Europe rarities we have had the last week.

Census was productive with 6 Woodpigeons, 8 Goldfinches, 2 Chaffinch (nest), single Song Thrush, 8 Blackbird, 4 Robins, 9 Wrens, single Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, in Millcombe; 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Shag, 2 Great-Black Backed Gulls and 2 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls in the Landing Bay; 14 Guillemots, 112 Razorbills, 20 auk spp, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Wheatear from Benjamin’s Chair; 215 Herring Gulls, single Peregrine, 14 Carrion Crows, 18 Ravens, 10 Skylark, 4 Swallows, 73 Starling, 4 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipits and 19 Linnets in the fields; and  6 Mallards, 4 Collared Dove, and 18 House Sparrows in the Village.

Ringing

The clear weather does not produce any late falls of migrants but a nice number of new Chiffchaffs and a Reed Warbler (island scarcity) was caught. A Cuckoo bounced out the net and a retrap Starling originally ringed last year as a chick was colour ringed in the Village today.