• Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Sora
  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

The morning began warm with a light southerly wind. Exciting! However, jobs had to be completed and the number of hours in the field was severely restricted to census counts.

However, there were a few migrants arriving in off the sea all morning with a Swift seen high over Castles; a pair of Whimbrel flew North past Rat Island and then turned as if they were heading to Devon; a Ringed Plover flew inoff at Millcombe and was heard circling over Government House; 29 Swalows and 22 House Martins flew North; and 4 Spotted Flycatchers in Millcombe (an arrival of 10+ were seen this afternoon). Collared Doves are a passage migrant here, so one singing in front of Millcombe House was nice, but a flock of 7 seen around the Lambing Shed this evening was the highest count of the year. Woodpigeons remain stealthy with at least 5 in Millcombe including a single bird singing. In the Landing Bay, 2 Oystercatchers were roosting on the Jetty with an additional bird near Benjamin’s Chair. In addition, 2 Shags were feeding in the Bay, a decrease from the 33 seen yesterday evening. Gull numbers were severely reduced with 6 Great Black Backed Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls and 11 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls noted. Benjamin’s chair was the place for auks again with 16 Guillemot and 150 Razorbill this morning. A single Peregrine was recorded in the census as were 5 Carrion Crows and 11 Ravens including 2 juveniles of the latter. Singing warblers are still thin on the ground so 4 Whitethroats and 5 Chiffchaff were nice. Breeding residents included 17 House Sparrows, 11 Wrens, 53 Starlings, 5 Blackbirds, our lone male Song Thrush, 3 Robins and a single Dunnock. With the young Wheatears growing bigger by the day in the nest, birds start to begin feeding on the plateau. As a result, 4 female Wheatears were seen this morning including one colour ringed bird. Another chat species seen today were three male Stonechats, but no females or fledged young were heard! A Pied Wagtail remained prospecting in the Village, are they breeding or not?? Whilst on the other hand, Meadow Pipits and our finches are in the full swing of breeding with Chaffinches feeding young, Linnets in the Gorse Bushes and singing Goldfinches in Millcombe.