• Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Sora
  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

Census was productive quieter than recent with odd showers arriving from the SW bringing some rain and gusts but fewer birds. The only wader recorded today consisted of a single Oystercatcher heard around Old Light. A single large flock of gulls totalled 26 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, and 195 Herring Gulls were in the fields showing the nice differences between the species. Off Benjamin’s Chair, 42 Guillemots, 4 Puffins, 50 Auk spp, and 108 Razorbills were seen on the water; whilst on the slopes a Rock Pipit family consisting of 2 adults and a juvenile and a male Wheatear were seen on the slopes. In the Landing Bay, 4 Shags were settled on the rocks/water while 2 Fulmars and 16 Manx Shearwaters passed. A small flock of 6 Carrion Crows, a single Pied Wagtail, and 5 Ravens were seen on the Airfield with a surprise Sedge Warbler singing by Ackland’s Pond. The fields were quiet with 4 Skylarks singing from SouthWest Field, a single Stonechat and 7 Linnets at Rocket Pole Pond, 8 Meadow Pipits seen along the route, and 80 Starling around Quarter wall. A trickle of hirundines resulted in 6 Swallows and 12 House Martins flying North, with both species recording about ~100 each today by all-comers. In Millcombe, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaff, a single Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 3 Robins, 5 Chaffinches, 8 Goldfinches, single Dunnock and a single Spotted Flycatcher remained. Along the route, 8 Wrens were recorded singing and 19 House Sparrows were in the Village.

2024 05 27 CarrionCrowHybrid BrickField ThomasWestonHooded Crow x CarrionCrow Hybrid in Brick Field showing the extended black onto the belly, black between the legs and dark streaks throughout the lower chest. ©ThomasWeston

2024 05 27 HoodedCrowHybrid BrickField ThomasWestonHooded Crow x CarrionCrow Hybrid in Brick Field showing the extended black around the neck giving a shoal affect and black throughout the pink shoulder patch. ©ThomasWeston

Arriving yesterday on the 26th, a Hooded Crow was reported to the team and would be a very rare bird for the island. From some distant views and a couple of photos the bird looked vey pure. However, on closer inspection and a few photos later, the bird was identified as a hybrid Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow. An interesting bird nonetheless but unfortunately not the real deal.