Skomer Island Migrant Bird Sightings – August 2018

Goshawk by Skomer Warden, Ed Stbbings

Goshawk by Skomer Warden, Ed Stbbings

White Wagtail by Ed Stubbings

White Wagtail by Ed Stubbings

An account by the Skomer Warden of birds spotted on Skomer Island during August 2018...

Common Scoter were seen on the 4th (20) and 29th (three).

Grey Herons were seen on the 10th, 23rd and 31st.

A juvenile Marsh Harrier arrived on the 26th and remained until the end of the month. A juvenile male Goshawk was first seen on the 15th and was seen on five other dates. Sparrowhawks were seen on seven dates from the 12th. A Kestrel was seen on the 1st and they became more regular after the 14th with four on the 17th.

Water Rails were heard on the 9th and 31st.

The only record of a Lapwing involved a single individual which was struck by a Peregrine in North Haven but not killed. The bird then hid on the beach until it had recovered and was gone a couple of hours later. A Ringed Plover was heard flying over on the 20th. Whimbrels were seen on nine dates with 23 flying west past Pigstone Bay on the 13th and seven flying south west over the Neck on the 17th. The highest count of Curlew was of 13 on the 27th. The first Turnstone of the autumn was seen with four Purple Sandpipers (also the first of the autumn) on South Castle on the 21st and five were seen on North Haven main beach on the 28th. An adult Dunlin flew over Green Pond on the 4th and one was present on North Pond on the 12th. Common Sandpipers were recorded on four dates. A Redshank was heard in North Haven on the 21st. Sixteen Snipe were seen flying over in a flock on the 5th and one was seen on North Pond on the 13th.

Five Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns were seen in St Brides Bay on the 21st. Black-headed Gulls were seen on the 4th (22), 12th (ten) and 16th (five). Two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were seen on the 7th and there were singles on the 12th and 14th.

A Collared Dove was recorded on the 1st.

Short-eared Owl sighting became very scarce but there were two on the 2nd and 21st as well as singles on five other dates.

Swifts were seen on the 4th (two), 5th (three), 12th (two) and 31st (three).

A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in North Valley on the 31st.

At least one Blue Tit was recorded for most of the month.

Six Sand Martins were recorded on the 13th and there was one on the 31st. The highest count of Swallows was 65 on the 31st. There were six House Martins on the 9th, one at the Farm on the 25th and three on the 31st.

Monthly maxima for warblers include four Chiffchaff on the 28th and 31st, 30 Willow Warbler on the 21st, single Blackcap on the 4th and 6th, seven Whitethroat on the 9th, single Grasshopper Warblers on the 25th and 27th, 30 Sedge Warbler on the 9th and a single Reed Warbler on the 13th.

Starling numbers peaked at 30 on the 5th.

Juvenile Song Thrush and Robin were seen from the first and there were two of the former on the 2nd and nine of the latter on the 31st. Spotted Flycatchers were seen from the 6th (two) and there were four on the 31st. A Pied Flycatcher was also seen at the Farm on the 31st. Four Stonechat were seen on the 31st as well as smaller numbers on other dates. Wheatear numbers peaked at 22 on the 29th.

A Grey Wagtail flew over on the 30th. There was a small arrival of White Wagtails on the 31st with at least five recorded. A Tree Pipit was also recorded on the 31st.