What's been spotted on Skomer last month?
Two Red Kites came over the island on the 21st. At least one Hen Harrier remained until the 15th. A Sparrowhawk was present on three dates.
Water Rails were present throughout and started singing towards the end of the month.
Oystercatcher numbers peaked at 141 on the 4th. There were two Golden Plover on the 2nd and five Ringed Plover on the 29th. Whimbrels began passing through from the 13th with a high count of 35 on the 22nd. A Black-tailed Godwit was on North pond on the 18th. Turnstone numbers dwindled towards the end of the month with a high count of 13 on the 4th.
There were two great counts of Purple Sandpipers in the month with 40 on the 4th and 27 on the 6th. The first Common Sandpiper arrived on the 11th and there was just one further record in North Haven on the 23rd. Snipe were present throughout most of the month with counts of up to four.
Another record was set with our spring count of Puffins when 30,895 individuals were counted on the 8th. Three Black-headed Gulls in Jack Sound on the 19th were the only records of the month.
A Collared Dove at the Farm on the 6th was the only record of the month. The first Swift was seen on the 28th over the Farm. A female Kestrel was present on several dates at the start of the month and a male was seen on the 30th. Merlins were present throughout with two on the 14th.
A Woodchat Shrike arrived in North Valley on the 18th and remained until the 21st. Goldcrests passed through in small numbers with a peak of six on the 9th. There were single Blue Tits on the 5th and 7th and Great Tits on the 1st (one), 3rd (two) and 4th (one).
There were nine Sand Martins on the 3rd, 33 on the 20th and smaller numbers throughout. Swallow numbers peaked at 97 on the 22nd. The first House Martin was seen on the 6th and there were 15 on the 19th.
Warbler numbers peaked with 28 Chiffchaff on the 3rd, 47 Willow Warbler on the 21st, 27 Blackcap on the 8th, four Common Whitethroat on the 29th and ten Sedge Warbler on the 29th. There was also a Lesser Whitethroat present in North Haven on the 22nd and 23rd and Reed Warblers on four dates.
A Ring Ouzel was present near the Garland Stone between the 14th and 16th and there was a second bird on the 16th. A Fieldfare with a broken wing remained from ‘the beast from the east’. There were single records of Song Thrush on the 4th and 29th and Redwing on the 4th and 5th.
The first Spotted Flycatchers (two) were seen at South Stream on the 30th. There were odd records of Robins with two on the 4th, 8th and 12th. A male Pied Flycatcher was seen in North Haven on the morning of the 13th and, what was probably the same individual, was seen later at the Farm. Single Black Restarts were seen on the 3rd and 4th and there were two on the 5th and 6th.
Small numbers of Stonechats continued to pass through at the start of the month with five on the 5th but by the 20th only one breeding pair remained. Wheatears passed through in small numbers with 28 (including six Greenland birds) on the 29th and 32 (including nine Greenland birds) on the 30th.
A single White Wagtail was seen on the 7th.
Chaffinches were seen on the 9th and 14th. Numbers of Linnets and Goldfinches passing through peaked at 91 (on the 21st) and 59 (on the 26th) respectively. Lesser Redpolls were seen on the 21st and 23rd and single Siskins were recorded on the 14th and 21st.