Saturday, 14 May 2022

Today was the Global Big Day so Obs staff decided to try to see how many species could be seen (alongside changeover and chough monitoring on the East Side!). A total of 51 species where managed with the stand out highlight being a ringtail Hen Harrier distantly off the East Side! Today also saw an arrival of Spotted Flycatchers with 13 across the Island alongside two Sandwich Terns along the West Coast and the Garden Warbler still at Nant. 

Hen Harrier © Ed Betteridge

Spotted Flycatcher © Ed Betteridge

A trip around the East Side of the Island saw yet more activity in the seabird colonies with many Kittiwakes nest building, more Shags hatching, newly fledged Rock Pipits and the first Herring Gull chicks of the season. 

Herring Gull chicks © Ed Betteridge

Other birds seen today included a Curlew, two Whimbrels, eight Purple Sandpipers, a Turnstone, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 30 Puffins, a Feral Pigeon, two Collared Doves, three Sand Martins, six House Martins, 20 Swallows, 14 Wheatears, a Song Thrush, five Whitethroats, four Blackcaps, six Willow Warblers and two Chiffchaffs.

Feeding frenzy off the East Side © Ed Betteridge

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