twenty fifth April to 1st Could – Easterlies proceed to usher in some fascinating birds


 25 April

Clear with robust easterly wind

A number of frequent migrants have been seen in Millcombe in the course of the
morning census. Two Whitethroat have been
seen, a Sedge Warbler was singing by Millcombe Pond and feminine Redstart was up by the Casbah. The
morning census continued up the monitor in the direction of Previous Mild. A Chiffchaff was seen on the fence line by the gate on the burn web site.
Additional up the monitor a small warbler was seen flying strongly down the wall.
Luckily it landed briefly on the wall so to see the brilliant white
underparts. The speedy thought was Bonelli’s Warbler. Some
document pictures have been taken earlier than it flew over the opposite aspect of the wall and
regardless of a search appeared to have gone. With out listening to a name it is rather
tough to find out to species stage. 
However sufficient diagnostic options have been seen to substantiate it was considered one of these
uncommon migrants to the UK. Western Bonelli’s Warbler breed in Spain, Portugal,
France and Italy, whereas the Japanese Bonelli’s Warbler is present in Greece and
Turkey throughout summer time.

Bonelli’s Warbler, South West Discipline © Stuart Cossey
Feminine Redstart, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey
Dunlin, Brick Discipline © Stuart Cossey

Different birds of observe have been a Dunlin within the pond in Brick Discipline, a male Kestrel, a Grasshopper Warber and a male Ring Ouzel. The male Blueheaded Wagtail was
joined briefly by a Yellow Wagtail.

26 April

Continued robust easterly wind.

An unseasonal Treecreeper
was seen briefly in Millcombe together with a feminine Pied Flycatcher. Two Shelduck have been then seen flying over
Benjamin’s Chair and have been seen drifting east off the Rattles. From there till
Quarter Wall it was primarily Wheatear
and Skylark seen. Strolling alongside
Quarter Wall an Japanese Subalpine Warbler hopped out of the
Brambles. It was a male with a beautiful blue-grey again and brick crimson throat. It
was very flighty however was seen effectively on a number of events because it moved alongside the
wall between scrub after which moved off in the direction of the Terrace.

Japanese Subalpine Warbler, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey
Pied Flycatcher, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Additionally seen have been a female and male Redstart, the Blue-headed
in Barton Discipline, a male Greenfinch
and two Grasshopper Warblers

27 April

Heat and sunny with a reasonable southeasterly

The primary Mallard Ducklings of the yr have been noticed
and a positively large variety of Wheatears
have been seen throughout the island, with 39 seen on the chook survey, and a complete of
140 throughout your entire island. A Whimbrel
and two Swift have been recorded alongside
with the 30 Sand Martin, 75 Home Martin and 4200 Swallow zooming up each side of the
island. Two Sedge Warblers joined the ten Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaff together with 30 Blackcap and 5 Widespread Whitethroat and a
Pied Flycatcher. Birds of prey seen included a Kestrel and a Merlin. Two Whimbrel have been seen by Tent Discipline.

Whimbrel, Tent Discipline © Laura Piratique

Within the
afternoon the warden group took a journey previous Jenny’s Cove to Aztec bay to
examine on the Kittiwake colonies to
be studied. A Ringed Plover was flushed off Center Park on
the way in which. Nest constructing was making good progress in some circumstances and fewer so in others!
Fingers crossed for higher productiveness for the gulls this yr, with 60
noticed at this web site however little question extra over the entire island.

Conservation group at Aztec Bay © Rosie Ellis

spotlight of the day was discovering the primary egg in one of many nest containers on the
Previous Mild Manx Shearwater colony.

After a
nice afternoon with a lot to sit up for, we have been introduced right down to earth
with a bump with a sighting of a “Substantial rat” within the time keepers hut by a
involved customer [so far no concrete signs and RSPB have been to check]. The
biosecurity plan activated, interviews and the grid arrange ensued. Many thanks
to all of the group for organising the grid earlier than dusk. A nervous night
ready for digital camera traps, ink traps and nibble marks to substantiate or calm our

28 April

A robust chilly breeze from the southeast.

A morning
survey confirmed comparatively few birds, on the airfield most birds current have been
huddled within the ditches and out of the way in which of the wind. The one exceptions have been
the male wheatears, presumably to defend their turf from a would-be rival. A Water Rail was heard within the valley after a really quiet few weeks.

The digital camera
traps within the time keepers hut had revealed nothing but and the surveillance
grid prolonged within the quarries space.

migration was a lot lowered with 3 Swift,
53 Swallow, 14 Sand Martin and 5 Home Martin and one Lesser Whitethroat. The Merlin continues to be being seen on the island looking Skylark.

A Puffin
survey at 11:30 revealed sixty three birds on the noticed slope and 43 out on
the water of the cove.

Jenny’s Cove was surveyed, and yielded the
regular sightings of Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake and
Fulmar. A Peregrine was noticed amidst the puffin burrows, probably having
claimed a prey merchandise. A number of pairs of Wheatear
have been displaying on the slopes of the cove.

29 April

A lightweight wind from the east

picked up once more with a Curlew heard
calling over the Church and a complete of 4 Whimbrel. A Tree Pipit, Widespread Sandpiper and Lesser Whitethroat have been seen.  It
was an excellent day for ringing in Millcombe with 16 Sedge Warblers, a Backyard Warbler and a Reed Warbler ringed. A swift was noticed at
southwest level and a Sparrowhawk
was current. A Siskin was seen close to
Brambles Villa.

The digital camera,
ink traps and monitoring stations all revealed nothing however ants, slugs and
Pygmy Shrews.

Home Sparrow, Village © Zach Wait

30 April

Overcast with a slight wind from the southeast

survey revealed a big array of birds, together with a Peregrine, two Grasshopper
Warblers and a pair of Kestrels. 18+ Sand Martins have been
noticed and three have been ringed within the nets on the Bramble lodging.  Roughly 150 Swallows have been noticed
all through the day. A Ring Ouzel was additionally noticed within the morning
close to Millcombe, and a Widespread Sandpiper was noticed close to the touchdown
bay. A Hawfinch was observed flying
over Millcombe valley.  A Bar-tailed Godwit was seen on the Satan’s
Kitchen by Lundy ambassador Frances Stuart and at round 5pm, a Nice Northern Diver was
sighted off the East Coast, close to the Timekeeper’s Hut.

Sand Martin © Zach Wait

relieved with the arrival of Jaclyn Pearson from RSPBs biosecurity for all times to
examine our grid and for indicators of rats. Everlasting gratitude to Jaclyn, the
volunteers together with the Sparrow’s undertaking’s Hope Belsham Clay, Meaghan
Kendall and the Boy’s Brigade for his or her assist checking the grid for any indicators of
rats, a enjoyable night spent checking bones, driftwood and plastic for any nibble
marks, with nothing discovered.

1 Could

Rain and wind from the west

The morning
survey confirmed quite a lot of birds across the southern quarter, together with a Whimbrel and two Lesser Whitethroats.
Different waders included a Curlew flying
over the Quarries. 4 Gannets have been
noticed across the
touchdown bay.

The primary Cuckoo of the season was sighted round
Millcombe.  A Reed Warbler was ringed
and a Tree Pipit heard flying over. A Harbour
Porpoise was seen off the jetty.
Fortunately there may be nonetheless no signal of a rat.

Many Thanks
to Rob Duncan and  for his or her sightings,
enthusiasm demonstrations and talks for visiting college group and guests,
Jamie Dunning for his assist with the morning census, birder’s ear and rhododendron
looking and all of the boy’s brigade for his or her assist and
understanding with the biosecurity monitoring.


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