“A brilliant male of this species arrived on the Reserve during a spell of warm easterly winds”
“Pied wagtails were late arriving, but one bird of the European race (alba – very rare here in Spring) was discovered feeding among the ponies at Ha’breck.”
Mark Barkan has sent us in this excellent short video of the Common Starling.
“There have been very few unusual sightings during the last month – two or three brief views of both Woodcock (daytime) and Long-eared Owl (after dark)”
“There was a typical mixture of unusual species in late Autumn, spread across most areas of the island, but with bird-watching somewhat curtailed this year there are bound to have been several we did not see or hear of. “
“a Great blue Heron on the beach (American species)”
“Many species of bird make themselves easy to observe, some can make observation rather difficult whilst others can make even a reasonable view of itself virtually impossible!”
Predicting what uncommon species are likely to arrive in late Spring is impossible – there are always some common species which don’t turn up and a few very uncommon species which do!
“The most noticeable recent sightings as regards migrants have been a male Hawfinch and a male Siskin in the Castle garden and a few Chiffchaffs – all in gardens”
“A very ‘dark’ brown Chiffchaff was picked up exhausted in the porch at Airy”