Skomer Island Migrant Birds Spotted in May

Snowy Owl on Skomer Island in May 2018

Snowy Owl on Skomer Island in May 2018

Spoonbill flying over Skomer by M. Wallen

Spoonbill flying over Skomer by M. Wallen

Skomer Island May 2018

Six Common Scoter were seen off the Mew Stone on the 31st. A Little Egret was in North Valley on the 27th. Two Spoonbills flew east along the north coast of Skomer at 08:00 on the 19th, then flew off the island and north over St Brides Bay. A single bird was then seen flying south at 16:00 on the same day.

A Black Kite was seen over the middle of the island on the 14th before flying off to the east. Red Kites were seen on the 6th (four), 13th (ten), 11th (two) and 19th (four). A single Sparrowhawk was seen on the 14th.

Water Rails were heard singing up to the 29th. Three Golden Plovers were seen on the 5th and a Ringed Plover was seen flying north over the centre of the island on the 19th. There were 82 records of Whimbrel with 15 on the 18th. A Black-tailed Godwit was present on North Pond from the 4th to the 19th and was joined by a second bird from the 17th. Single turnstones were recorded flying over the island on the 18th and 20th. Nine Dunlin flew over the Farm on the 16th and there were singles on four other dates. A Common Sandpiper was seen on the 2nd.

An adult pale phase Pomarine Skua with spoons headed west past Skomer Head on the 17th. A flock of 19 Collared Doves were briefly present at the Farm on the 6th and there were eight on the 19th. A Cuckoo was heard at North Valley Crossing on the 26th. A female Snowy Owl was found at Pigstone Bay on the 30th. Twenty Swifts passed over on the 18th and there were ten on the 11th and 24th. An Alpine Swift spent the afternoon touring the North Coast of Skomer on the 19th. There were eight Kestrel sightings and up to twelve of Merlin throughout the month.

Hirundine passage peaked at 121 Sand Martin on the 5th, 309 Swallow on the 18th and 75 House Martin on the 18th. Goldcrests were seen on the 1st (one), 2nd (two) and 3rd (one). There were 15 Chiffchaff on the 12th and 20th and 15 Willow Warbler on the 3rd. ‘Northern’ Willow Warblers were recorded on the 3rd, 4th and 27th. Garden Warblers were recorded on three dates with singles on the 13th and 16th and two on the 27th. Reed Warblers were seen on seven dates with two on the 21st. A Subalpine Warbler was trapped and ringed on the 20th. The first Spotted Flycatcher was seen on the 5th and there were 20 on the 27th. Female Black Redstarts were seen at the Farm between the 15th and 19th and again between the 27th and 28th. A male Common Redstarts was seen at the Farm on the 4th and there were two the next day. A Male Whinchat was seen just west of the Farm on the 18th. Greenland Wheatears were recorded on the 18th, 23rd and 27th. A White Wagtail was seen in North Haven on the 12th and a Tree Pipit was in North Valley on the 31st.

Lesser Redpolls were seen on the 7th (two), 18th (five), 19th (two) and 21st (one). There were also two Redpoll sp. on the 5th. A Siskin was seen with Goldfinches at the Farm on the 28th.

Risso’s Dolphins were seen on the 8th (three), 9th (twelve), 28th (four) and 31st (eight).

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