• Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Sora
  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

24 05 22 PiedFlycatcher Millcombe Thomas Weston1st summer male Pied Flycatcher caught and ringed in Millcombe. ©ThomasWeston

‘Our dodgy looking flycatcher’ left the island overnight and remains unidentified to species level as no DNA was collected. Although, on the plus side, there were some amazing photos by our guests and the response on social media was quite instructive, so we thank everyone who contributed. With response to our friends at Skokholm Bird Observatory, we believe it was most likely a very pale Pied Flycatcher. To add to this, a 1st summer male Pied Flycatcher was caught and ringed in Millcombe with a small arrival of warblers. This individual also had a grey rump and extensive brown in the coverts and primaries almost identical to the female type yesterday. A sudden burst of 1st summer birds shows migration has not ended, but has definitely slowed over the past couple of weeks.

In other news, a cloudy day turned to fog and then rain in the afternoon. A few hirundines were seen migrating North, a raft of Manx Shearwaters totalled 120 birds fed in the Landing Bay for most of the morning, and our Wheatear researchers found a new nest in their study site which was very nice. Our House Sparrow researcher Sophie continued to monitor the boxes across the island so was busy checking birds, boxes, and buildings today. Manx Shearwaters came back in force in the night so a nocturnal survey was productive with a small catch made with visiting ringers.

Ringing

Wheatears, House Sparrows, Manxies and Millcombe today. Read more on the Trek update once complete…