eighth to 14th August – First arrival of Flycatchers


A heat week with days beginning calm and northeasterly
winds choosing up in the direction of the afternoon. Temperatures reached a peak of 28.1° on
the 14th.

A big
group of round 90 Swifts had been seen
feeding on flying ants over Fortress Hill on the tenth. Smaller teams had been seen
the remainder of the week aside from the thirteenth. A Cuckoo flew by Millcombe on the morning of the twelfth pursued by
the native Swallows. Two Inventory Dove had been reported on the eleventh.

Waders had been
usually heard flying over the island throughout the mornings. Golden Plover had been heard on the ninth and tenth, Ringed Plover on the
twelfth and 14th and a Curlew on the
eighth. A Dunlin was heard on the ninth
after which one was on Pondsbury on the 14th. Three Snipe had been round Pondsbury on the eighth, 4 on the tenth and three on
the 14th. A Widespread Sandpiper was by
Rat Island on the 14th and two Inexperienced
had been by Pondsbury.

A Sandwich Tern was seen briefly on the eleventh because it flew previous Rat Island. Three
Cormorant flew over Millcombe on the
ninth and a Gray Heron was on the North Finish on the eleventh. A Sparrowhawk was seen round Millcombe on the twelfth after which by Tillage
Area on the thirteenth. A feminine/immature Marsh
Harrier flew over Barton Area on
the eighth and a feminine/immature Hen
headed south over the Fortress on the thirteenth.

Small teams
of hirundines had been seen this week with a max depend of 10 Sand Martins on the eighth
and eleventh. A excessive depend of 42 Swallows
was seen on the 14th and 13 Home Martins on the ninth.

Willow Warblers
had been nonetheless being seen in good numbers this week. 62 had been counted on the twelfth
and at the least 120 had been seen on the 14th. Single Chiffchaff had been seen on the eighth, tenth and thirteenth with two on the ninth.
Two Blackcap had been ringed on the
14th. The primary Backyard Warblers of autumn had been seen with one
on the thirteenth and two on the 14th. Low numbers of Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat
had been seen each day.

A single Noticed Flycatcher was first seen on the ninth with a peak of 10 seen on the
twelfth. Pied Flycatchers first arrived on the tenth with a excessive depend of six on
the 14th. Flycatchers weren’t solely seen in Millcombe however very often sitting
on partitions or fence traces throughout the south of the island. A feminine Redstart was by Quarter Wall on the ninth
and a Whinchat in South West Area
on the thirteenth. A excessive depend of 31 Wheatear had been seen on the thirteenth with most seen across the airstrip and Ackland’s Moor.

Feminine Redstart, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey
Wheatears, Ackland’s Moor © Stuart Cossey
Pied Flycatcher, Water Tanks © Stuart Cossey
Noticed Flycatcher, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey

Three Tree Pipits had been heard flying over on
the twelfth and thirteenth with a single on the 14th. A Greenfinch was reported in Millcombe on the twelfth and two Siskins flew over on the 14th.

non-avian information, a Basking Shark was
reported off the Fortress on the 14th. Two Widespread
had been picked up on a bat detector on the eleventh. One at Quarry
Pond and the opposite in Millcombe. Two Hummingbird
had been seen on the twelfth and one other on the 14th. There was a wonderful moth
entice haul on the morning of the 14th with over 200 moths of 42 species.

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, M and J Webber


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