• Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Sora
  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

Intermittent showers and high humidity lead to several soakings but then warm patches leading to some nice sunshine.

Census started with a new in singing Garden Warbler near the Tavern, followed by a wander through Millcombe Pines. Millcombe was alive with bird song with singing birds consisting of a Collared Dove (2 in total today), 2 Robins, a Goldfinch (5 seen today), 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Wrens (12 seen/heard today), the single Song Thrush, single Whitethroat (2 seen today) and 3 Dunnocks (5 seen today). Also, in Millcombe, a new in Lesser Redpoll, 3 Chaffinches, 5 Blackbirds (7 seen in total), 6 Spotted Flycatchers, single Woodpigeon, 3 House Sparrows (10 seen today) and a small flock of Starlings (70 seen today). In the Landing Bay, a new in Cruise ship must have had amazing views of the close passing Manx Shearwaters today – a new seawatching spot me thinks! Plus, a flock of Oystercatchers, pair of Great-Black Backed Gulls, and 5 Shags and the weirdest moment of today, a Feral Pigeon in off the sea and North. Along the south coast, 29 auk spp were associated with 96 Guillemots, 3 Puffins, and 26 Razorbills. On the top of the cliffs, a Wheatear male was busy feeding, a Ringed Plover came in off the sea and flew North. In the fields, 9 Meadow Pipits, 5 Skylarks, male Kestrel, and a male Mallard, 347 Herring Gulls and 26 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls were additional species seen.

Outside of census, a walk to Gannets Rock along the main track resulted in the Grey Heron being seen on Pondsbury, a Fulmar productivity survey resulted in 51 birds recorded including some incubating eggs. Walking back along the West Coast is one of the most fulfilling seabird adventures with over 3000+ Guillemot, 500+ Razorbills, 300+ Puffins and 200+ Kittiwakes recorded from some of the main colonies. Signs of breeding were in full swing for our Meadow Pipits, Wheatears, and Skylarks with all species seen carrying food for nests. A Manx Shearwater box check resulted in another returning individual from previous years ringing.

2024 05 27 Puffin JennysCove Thomas WestonPuffins on the West Coast. ©Thomas Weston

We are currently experiencing large numbers of immature/non-breeding seabirds arriving back to the island for the first time to try and find a home for next year when they may think about breeding. To ensure the success of our seabirds colonising new areas of the island, where possible please limit the amount of disturbance by providing distance and sticking to the main tracks especially on the West Coast.