• Sora
  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

2024 05 29 CarrionCrowHybrid BrickField ThomasWestonHooded x CarrionCrow Hybrid in Brick Field. ©ThomasWeston

Census was quite quiet but nice after a day of fog yesterday. Breezy conditions made it difficult to find too much, but a good selection was recorded. A flock of 3 Mallards were in Barton’s Field; a Feral Pigeon remained around the Lambing Shed; a Woodpigeon was in Millcombe; 2 Oystercatchers and 5 Shag were in the Landing Bay; 2 Great-Black Backed Gulls were on nests off Benjamin’s Chair; 255 Herring Gulls were in breeding colonies on the cliffs and in nonbreeding flocks on the Plateau; 28 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls were mixed in with the large gull flocks; 109 Guillemots, 51 Razorbills and 3 Puffins were off Benjamin’s Chair; a Peregrine was noted; 3 Carrion Crows and 12 Ravens were feeding on the Airfield; 9 Meadow Pipits, 13 Linnets and 6 Skylarks were in the Fields; a very slight passage of hirundines occurred with 2 Swallows and 7 House Martins flew North; a Garden Warbler was singing near the Gas Store; 2 Whitethroats and 2 Chiffchaffs were singing in Millcombe; a singing Sedge Warbler was on the Airfield again; 14 Wrens, 24 House Sparrows, and 64 Starlings were around; 3 Blackbirds, the lone singing Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Chaffinches (including fledged young), 4 Robins, 3 Dunnocks, 4 Goldfinches, and a singing Lesser Redpoll were in Millcombe; and a Pied Wagtail was gathering food near the dung heap.

A trip to the North End resulted in a productivity survey being undertaken for the nesting Fulmar and nice views of breeding auks near North Light including Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins. Both Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were carrying food on the return along the main track showing both species have successfully nested and were feeding large young either in the nest or close nearby. On the way back, our Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow hybrid was showing well (see photo at the top).

Ringing

Our Wheatear team remain on the island catching adults for the RAS (Retrapping Adult Survival) Study. House Sparrow monitoring continues with the first brood coming to the end and the second broods starting. Manx Shearwater artificial box checks resulted in another box occupied by adults. This means that out of 30 boxes, 17 have shown some sort of sign of occupation. This is the highest occupation rate since the box project began.