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Tuesday 22 May 2018

21st May – News of the Old Light shearwater colony

Tony Taylor reports that the Old Light Manx Shearwater colony was surprisingly busy on the night of 20th/21st (Sunday/Monday) in spite of the bright light cast by a waxing moon. There were many calling birds and 21 individuals were captured, including eight ringed in previous years, of which two were ringed as chicks in the same colony in 2014.

During the day on Monday 21st there was a calling Cuckoo in Millcombe. Other migrants included two singing Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler and five Spotted Flycatchers. The Dotterel and Hawfinch were both still present.

In other news, the record of the Red-throated Pipit found by Andy Jayne in October 2017 has recently been accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee.

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