Skomer’s Migrant Sightings for Nov 2017

Skylark by Amy Lewis

Skylark by Amy Lewis

Firecrest

Firecrest

During November on Skomer Island, a variety of migrant birds were seen and recorded by the island wardens before they left for the winter. Have a look below to see what passed over the island...

Thirteen White-fronted Geese flew over on the 2nd. Numbers of other wildfowl remained low with peak counts of: 17 teal (12th and 23rd), twelve Mallard (23rd), four Shoveler (1st) and 25 Common Scoter (8th). Great Northern Divers were recorded on four dates with two on the 3rd. Manx Shearwaters were heard at night over the island right up to the Wardens departure on the 24th. A Little Egret flew over on the 6th. A Little Grebe was present for a single day on the 19th.

Up to two Hen Harriers were present throughout. A Sparrowhawk was recorded on the 8th. Up to three Kestrels and two Merlins were present throughout.

Up to twelve Water Rails were present. Maximum counts of waders include: 29 Oystercatchers (14th), 60 Lapwing (23rd), 32 Curlew (4th), 18 Turnstone (23rd), Single Purple Sandpipers (12th and 23rd) and one Redshank in North Haven (14th). The first Woodcock (predated) turned up on the 6th and there were up to two recorded thereafter until the 19th. Up to twelve Snipe were recorded (15th).

Gull numbers peaked at: 94 Kittiwakes (23rd), 318 Black-headed Gull (15th), 21 Mediterranean Gulls (3rd), 25 Common Gull (3rd), 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull (12th), 200 Herring Gull (12th) and 79 Great Black-backed Gulls (3rd). At least 2,000 Wood Pigeons passed over on the 6th. A Barn Owl was recorded on four dates and a Little Owl on three dates. Eleven Short-eared Owls were recorded on the 15th and there were ten on the 19th. Great Spotted Woodpeckers were recorded on six dates. A maximum of 17 Chough were recorded (12th).

There were three Goldcrest on the 2nd and 3rd and two Firecrest on the 3rd. Chiffchaffs were recorded throughout with a maximum of five on the 1st. Two Siberian Chiffchaffs were present on the 17th and singles were recorded on the 18th and 19th. There was a Yellow-browed Warbler on the14th and 15th. The last Blackcaps were recorded on the 1st (one) and 3rd (two).

Peak tit counts include: four Blue Tit (21st), two Great Tit (3rd) and 38 Long-tailed Tit (2nd).

Skylark passage peaked at 97 on the 15th. Starlings peaked at 4,100 on the 15th. Thrush numbers peaked at: 42 Blackbird (2nd), twelve Fieldfare (2nd), 49 Song Thrush (13th), 27 Redwing (2nd) and four Mistle Thrush (3rd). Also on the 2nd there were 44 Robin, 16 Stonechat and a Siberian Stonechat.

Single Grey Wagtails were recorded on the 1st and 13th. Rock Pipit numbers peaked at 64 on the 23rd.

Finch counts include: 15 Brambling (2nd), 216 Chaffinch (3rd), three Bullfinch (3rd), three Greenfinch (15th), 22 Linnet (13th), single Lesser Redpoll (2nd and 4th), two flyover redpolls (2nd), 20 Goldfinch (2nd) and eight Siskin (14th). There was a Snow Bunting on the 3rd, a Lapland Bunting on the 6th and a maximum of seven Reed Buntings.

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