18th to twenty fourth July – Heatwave adopted by excessive winds and rain


It was actually scorching to start out the week with 32.1°
recorded on the 18th, one of many highest ever recorded temperatures on the island. The temperature dropped to round 20° for the remainder of the
week. The wind picked up on the twenty fourth with 32mph gusts recorded. The island
lastly had some rain, though this was nonetheless not constant or heavy sufficient
to type a few of our water scarcity points.

BioBlitz completed on Tuesday and we needed to thank once more all of the superb
consultants that come over from The Porcupine Marine Pure Historical past Society, The
Marine Organic Affiliation, The Blue Marine Basis, MARINElife, Sea
Watch Basis and The Pure Historical past Museum. An approximate 250 species
had been recorded throughout the Marine Protected Space a few of which had been new for the

The avian
curiosity on the island is beginning to change with the start of autumn
migration. A Cuckoo was seen on the twenty first and Swifts are nonetheless often
recorded flying by means of. Just a few waders had been seen this week. After a short
downpour throughout the morning census on the twenty second a summer time plumage Golden Plover
landed and was feeding on the Airstrip. A Widespread Sandpiper was seen round Rat
Island on the twenty first and twenty second.

Golden Plover, Airstrip © Zach Wait

westerly winds on the twenty fourth introduced seabirds nearer to the island. A brief
seawatch from the Fortress within the early night produced 300+ Manx Shearwaters,
60 Gannets, a Cormorant and a Balearic Shearwater.

A Gray Heron
was recorded flying over the Fortress on the night of the twentieth. A Little Egret
was additionally seen across the Castles space on the twenty second. 

Little Egret, Fortress © Chris Blackmore

Just a few Sand Martin have began to move south
with two over Quarter Wall Pond on the 18th and 7 across the north finish of
the island on the twenty second. Additionally on the twenty second a complete of 23 Swallows had been counted.

The low
cloud and northern winds in a single day and on the morning of the twentieth had been the
good situations for a big arrival of migrating warblers. Younger Willow Warblers had been seen all throughout
the island together with on partitions and in Bracken and Gorse. A complete of twenty-two had been
counted throughout the morning census with new birds arriving all through the day. Additionally
on the twentieth there have been seven Chiffchaffs,
a Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler and a Blackcap. Some migration continued the subsequent day with a minimum of six Willow Warblers seen in addition to a Whitethroat
and one other younger Blackcap. A Whitethroat was additionally seen on the twenty fourth.

The mist
nets had been set-up in Millcombe this week and two periods had been run by Assistant
Warden Stuart Cossey. Few migrants had been caught nevertheless it was good to ring a number of of
the brand new island fledglings together with Wrens,
Robins and Blackbirds. A Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler had been
ringed each on their method again to Africa for the winter.

Sedge Warbler © Stuart Cossey

flocks of Meadow Pipit and Linnet are beginning to type on the island with a
excessive depend of fifty Linnet in a single flock.

The spotlight
of the moth lure this week was a Striped Hawkmoth on the22nd which is the
first time this species has been trapped on the island. Different fascinating moths
included the primary island report of Dotted Clay and the primary Oak Eggars of the
12 months.

Striped Hawk-moth © Stuart Cossey
Oak Eggar © Tara McEvoy-Wilding

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, D Laing, T McEvoy-Wilding, C Blackmore, S Blackmore,
D Naish


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