Skomer Migrant Bird Sightings for August

Bonelli's Warbler on Skomer

Bonelli’s Warbler on Skomer

Wryneck on Skomer

Wryneck on Skomer

Have a little look and see what migrant bird species flew over or landed on Skomer in August...

A Little Grebe was on North Pond (25th). A Sooty Shearwater was seen just north of Skomer on the 27th. Little Egrets were seen on the 1st (three), 15th (two) and 20th (one). Single Grey Herons were seen on the 28th and 31st.

Monthly maxima of wildfowl include: four teal (24th and 25th), 19 Mallard (28th), three Shoveler (24th and 29th) and 93 Common Scoter (23rd).

Sparrowhawks were present with two on the last two days of the month. An Osprey flew over North Haven on the 26th. Kestrels arrived from the 26th and there were two on the 29th and 30th. A Merlin was seen on five dates from the 23rd.

Wader passage peaked with the following counts: two Ringed Plover (27th, 29th and 31st), three Dunlin (7th), nine Snipe (22nd), eight Black-tailed Godwit (1st), 26 Whimbrel (27th), eight Redshank (20th), single Greenshank (25th), two Green Sandpiper (25th and 27th), single Wood Sandpiper (4th), Single Common Sandpiper (four dates) and 18 Turnstone (24th and 25th).

Single Arctic Skuas were seen on the 7th and 19th plus there were two on the 24th. There were 39 Black-headed Gulls on the 10th.

Single Collared Doves were recorded on the 14th and 22nd and there were three on the 16th. A Barn Owl was flushed from North Valley Crossing during the day on the 27th. Short-eared Owls were seen irregularly with singles on eight dates. Two Kingfishers were seen together in South Haven on the 8th. A Wryneck was seen at the Farm on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

Hirundines passage peaked with four Sand Martins (26th), 90 Swallows (26th) and five House Martins (22nd). Four Tree Pipits flew over on the 27th and there were three on the 30th and one on the 31st. There were five Grey Wagtails on the 27th and singles on four other dates. White Wagtails were recorded on the 25th (one), 27th (two) and 29th (one).

There were 17 Robins on the 23rd. Stonechats peaked at 14 on the 20th. There was a clear departure of Wheatears mid-month with no major influxes of migrants.

Reed Warblers began passing through with four on three separate dates. A Melodious Warbler was present on the 17th and was seen again briefly on the 18th. Blackcap numbers peaked at four on the 31st. A Lesser Whitethroat was seen at the Farm on the 29th. A Bonelli’s Warbler was in North Valley on the 30th and 31st. Chiffchaff numbers peaked at ten on the 30th and Willow Warblers at 28 on the 29th. There were seven Goldcrests on both the 30th and 31st.

The highest day count of Spotted Flycatchers was nine on the 29th.

Aside from the almost daily Common Dolphin sightings there were twelve Bottlenose Dolphins on the 27th and six Risso’s Dolphins on the 31st. An Otter was also seen on a few dates at the start of the month.