Skomer Island Migrants, June

Starlings by Jim Higham

Starlings by Jim Higham

Spoonbill by Amy Lewis

Spoonbill by Amy Lewis

Take a look at some of the migrant birds that Skomer Island had passing through in June:

Up to two Grey Herons were seen. A Spoonbill was present from the 14th to the 15th.

A Honey Buzzard was seen flying over the Neck and out over St Brides Bay at midday on the 27th.

Eleven Black-tailed Godwit and three Whimbrel were recorded during the first six days of the month and there were two Common Sandpipers in South Haven on the 20th.

Normally quite rare on Skomer, there were three records of Coot with singles on the 4th, 28th and 30th.

There were five records of Collared Dove including one singing at the Farm on the 9th. There was a Turtle Dove at the Farm on the 1st and 2nd. A Cuckoo sang in North Valley during the morning of the 4th. Swifts passed through on ten dates with a max. of 23 on the 19th. Sand Martins were recorded on the12th (one), 13th (five) and 16th (two). The last few Swallows were still passing through until the middle of the month. House Martins were recorded on six dates with 13 on the 2nd and four on the 21st.

Reed Warblers were recorded on the 4th and 13th. Up to three Chiffchaff were recorded and there was a late Willow Warbler singing in North Valley on the 4th.

There were single records of Spotted Flycatcher on four dates up to the 12th.

An early Starling flock built up to a max. of 35 on the 24th.

A first summer male Common Rosefinch sang from the willows in North Valley for four days from the 22nd to the 25th.