• Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Sora

Winds remained NW for the second day in a row, but migrants are moving through again which was nice to see on census.

2024 05 23 MixedGulls HighstreetField ThomasWestonA mix of large gulls on Highstreet Field. ©ThomasWeston

Census resulted in 13 Mallard with a brood in Lower Lighthouse, a brood in Quarters Pond, and adults in Bartons/St Helen’s Field. The pair of Collared Doves who have been hanging around the Lambing Shed remained along the main track and frequented the shed environs. A large arrival of ‘large’ gulls has been noted the last few days with Herring Gulls dominating the counts. Today, 347 Herring Gulls were in the fields with 17 Great-Black Backed Gulls and an incredible 76 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls joining the flocks. The latter had the largest variation in ages, with the majority being 2–3-year-old birds and some showed signs of being of the ‘intermedius’ subspecies who breed in Scandanvia. Flocks of seabirds off the Landing Bay resulted in 5 Manx Shearwaters and 6 Shags seen swimming. Moving around the coast, Auks off Benjamin’s Chair resulted in 16 Guillemot and 145 Razorbills seen. In the fields, only 3 Carrion Crows, 5 Meadow Pipit, a single Wheatear, 32 Linnets, and 4 Ravens were noted. Singing Skylarks were seen and recorded alongside, presumably, females on the ground resulting in 7 birds in total. A small passage of hirundines moved through with 20 Swallows and 17 House Martins hinting today maybe another good day for both of these species. This did not seem to transpire through our other work today. However, in Millcombe, 2 Whitethroats and 2 Chiffchaffs were the only warblers seen today, with 4 ‘new in’ Spotted Flycatchers the best on the migrant passerines. Resident birds were seen throughout census with 9 Wrens, 4 Dunnocks and 21 House Sparrows noted. Our lone single Song Thrush remains in Millcombe singing away near Millcombe House as were a flock of 9 Goldfinches. The breeding season has been in full swing for a while for both seabirds and passerines, but it is certainly nice to see that 1 out of the 5 Robins and 1 out of the 6 Blackbird seen today were juveniles. Two pairs of Chaffinches are almost certainly nesting in Millcombe, a Pied Wagtail was checking out one of the walls around Tillage Field, and the Rocket Pole Pair of Stonechats remain defending at least one juvenile. Starling juveniles have been out in force for the last week and counting all the flocks in the area 88 Starlings were seen today.

At Pondsbury, the 26th record of Tufted Duck remains, as does a Moorhen (less than 50 records), a Grey Heron, and a pair of Golden Plover with one bird singing and displaying over the pool to another individual.