Skomer Island June 2016
June was a quite month for migrant birds on Skomer but there were some breeding land bird highlights. Four Grey Heron were recorded. Small flocks of Common Scoter were observed in St Brides Bay including up to 40 on the 25th June.
A Snipe was found on Moorey Mere on the 12th and spent the rest of the month there. A few small flocks of Curlew passed through with four on the 15th and seven on the 22nd. There were several days where Collared Doves were present with four on the 10th. On the 18th a Barn Owl was seen flying from the Isthmus in North Haven along the Neck where it landed in a burrow to escape the gulls and other birds that were mobbing it. It was photographed several hours later in the same burrow and was, intriguingly, approaching the colour of ‘guttata’ (Dark-breasted Barn Owl). Around eleven Short-eared Owl chicks fledged from two nests in June.
Nine Swift flew over on the 23rd and there were several other days with lower numbers. House Martins were still moving in very small numbers at the start of the month with a maximum of five on the 1st.
A Blackcap was present at Moorey Mere on the 4th and a Chiffchaff was also at Moorey Mere at the start of the month.
There were four records of Spotted Flycatcher between the 5th and the 12th.
Four Chough chicks fledged from a nest on the Neck and a single came from a nest on the North Coast.
There were maximum day counts of 15 Goldfinch on the 23rd, nine Linnet on the 22nd and there was a single Redpoll on the 4th.
June is usually the month when Common Dolphins begin to be sighted from Skomer and the first (20-30) were seen on the 2nd. The largest pod was seen on the 21st when 40 were seen.