The breeding season is at the end now, with many birds leaving the islands for their first winter.
As our birds leave we are starting to get a few interesting birds to pass by.
The first highlight was a Honey Buzzard which drifted pat the Inner Farne on the 18th May and only the 9th for the islands.
A Red-breasted Flycatcher arrived on The Brownsman on 26th May. Only the fourth ever spring record.
We have has 3 Spoonbills so far and the first 2 were spotted flying past the bow of the boat on the 28th May and I nearly fell of the seat. Great sight. The other was spotted on Longstone Island on the 15th June.
A Black-headed Bunting was discovered on Staple Island on 31st May and showed well for a few hours. This was the fifth bird for the islands following birds in 1971, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
A Black Tern on the Inner Farne and good numbers of Manx Shearwaters flying north through Staple Sound.
We were also lucky to see 2 Great Crested Grebe’s flying north. Over the last few days we have seen a few Harbour Porpoise, Bottle-nose Dolphins, 70 Common Scoter’s, Purple Sandpiper’s, Knots, Turnstone’s, Golden Plovers, top count was 90+, and 8 Arctic Skua’s.
Yesterday on the way home about 5pm we saw 2 Red-throated Divers flying south and 1 Great Northern Diver also flying south.
Things are now starting to move around so hopefully we will get to see some nice things soon.