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ninth to fifteenth Could – A superb spring for breeding passerines and a quick Bluethroat


One other week with largely lovely heat and
clear days. Some heavy rain on tenth. Reasonable westerly wind for the primary half
of the week with a shift to the east on the fifteenth.

Not less than
4 broods of Mallards have been seen this week with households on Pondsbury, Barton
Ponds and Church Discipline gully. A male Teal was seen on Pondsbury on eleventh and
fifteenth and a feminine on the 14th. It has been a superb week for Swifts with
data day by day. The very best rely was 18 on the eleventh. A male Cuckoo was
heard on the ninth and one other was seen flying over the East Facet on the fifteenth. A
male Collared Dove has been singing in Millcombe Valley all week, being briefly
joined by a second hen on the tenth.

There was
good selection in waders this week. Singles of Golden Plover have been recorded on the
thirteenth, 14th and fifteenth. Whimbrel have been recorded on ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth and 14th
and a Curlew was heard over Ackland’s Moor on the thirteenth. Final week’s Bar-tailed
was final seen on the ninth within the rush on the west of Excessive Avenue Discipline. Single
Dunlin have been seen on the 14th and fifteenth, a Widespread Sandpiper was within the Touchdown
Bay on the thirteenth and a Purple Sandpiper was current at Brazen Ward at excessive afternoon
tide on the fifteenth. The primary ever Could document of Woodcock was on the thirteenth as one
was chased by a Peregrine over Pondsbury. Sadly the Peregrine was
profitable and it carried the Woodcock off in the direction of the West Coast.

Bar-tailed Godwit, Excessive Avenue Discipline © Stuart Cossey

Puffins are
again alongside the West Coast in excessive numbers with a rely of 258 round Jenny’s
Cove and St Mark’s Cove on the fifteenth. There was a rely of 61 Shag on the fifteenth
and two and three Cormorants have been reported on the ninth and eleventh respectively.
Paul St Pierre and Antony Bellamy of the RSPB are presently on the island
enterprise a inhabitants census of the gull colonies. This is essential as
many coastal gull colonies are declining.

Manx Shearwater, MS Oldenburg © Richard Campey

The pair of
Kestrel are nonetheless being seen across the south finish of the island and a excessive
rely of 10 Peregrine on the fifteenth suggests no less than 5 pairs are current. A
Merlin was seen on the thirteenth and 14th close to Midway Wall. Pastime have been seen briefly
as they flew over on the eleventh and fifteenth. A Hooded Crow was within the Aerogenerator
Discipline on the twelfth.

Hooded Crow, Aerogenerator Discipline © Richard Campey

There have
been a number of days of sturdy hirundines passage with totals on the 14th of 28
Sand Martins, 1000 Swallows and 200 Home Martins. One other excessive rely of Sand Martins
was on the tenth with 32 counted.

numbers of warblers are dropping off there’s nonetheless a great selection. Two Wooden
have been current on the fifteenth with a male singing in Millcombe and one other
seen on the backside of Gannet’s Combe. One or two Willow Warbler have been seen on
the tenth, eleventh, twelfth, 14th and fifteenth. Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler have been singing
in Millcombe each morning. Excessive counts of six Chiffchaff have been on the thirteenth and
14th and 7 Sedge Warblers on the 14th. A Reed Warbler was seen on the 14th,
Grasshopper Warblers have been current on the tenth, eleventh and 14th and three Backyard
have been recorded with one on thirteenth and two on the 14th . Blackcaps and Whitethroats
have been seen day by day with the very best counts on the fifteenth of 5 and 7
respectively.  A feminine Goldcrest was
current in Millcombe from the ninth to the eleventh.

Wooden Warbler, Millcombe © Richard Campey

It seems
to be a superb 12 months for breeding Starlings. For the time being chicks are
calling from practically each wall and no less than 60 nests have been famous across the
Village. There are Stonechats breeding all throughout the island with no less than 15
pairs famous. The primary fledgling Blackbirds have been seen in Millcombe this
week. Evidently the rat eradication was not solely useful to the seabirds
but additionally for a lot of breeding landbirds.

have begun to reach once more after a quiet interval between the 4th and
ninth. Three have been seen on the tenth and eleventh, six on the twelfth, seven on the thirteenth,
eight on the 14th and 15 on the fifteenth. A feminine Redstart was recorded on the thirteenth
and a feminine Whinchat was ringed on the ninth. Low numbers of Wheatear nonetheless appear
to be heading north via the island with a excessive rely of 35 seen on the

Noticed Flycatcher, Millcombe © Richard Campey
Feminine Whinchat, Barton Discipline © Stuart Cossey

The perfect hen of the week was a feminine Bluethroat seen by Tim Davis and
Tim Jones on the Decrease East Facet path beneath Gannet’s Combe. Flight views
clearly confirmed the basic tail sample and transient perched views allowed
affirmation with a slight blue throat and powerful white supercilium.

One Yellow
was heard on the 14th over the Lodge after which three have been counted on the
fifteenth together with a Blue-headed Wagtail and male flavissima in Barton Discipline. Gray Wagtails have been heard over the
island on the twelfth, 14th and fifteenth and two White Wagtails have been seen from tenth to
thirteenth with three on the 14th and one on the fifteenth. A Tree Pipit was in Millcombe
on the tenth after which two have been seen in Millcombe on the twelfth.

Yellow Wagtail, Barton Discipline © Richard Campey
Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Discipline © Richard Campey
Tree Pipit, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Numbers of
Linnet are nonetheless excessive for the time of 12 months with a flock of 70+ being seen in
Barton Discipline on the evenings of thirteenth to fifteenth. A Hawfinch was in Millcombe
Valley on the thirteenth and Lesser Redpoll have been seen in Millcombe on the twelfth and

In non-avian
information, apart from the same old butterflies, a Painted Girl was seen on the fifteenth,
Peacock on the twelfth and Brimstone on the ninth. The primary Small Heaths have been
recorded on the twelfth. The primary Inexperienced Tiger Beetles of the 12 months have been seen on
the fifteenth alongside the West Coast. Highlights from the moth entice embrace Galium
(first island document), Small Angle Shades and Pale Tussock in addition to
quite a few Marbled Coronet.

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, R Duncan, D Kiatley, J Dunning, R
Campey, T Davis, T Jones, P St Pierre, A Bellamy, Okay Dobie, J Boyle.


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