twenty seventh June to third July – Extra indicators of breeding success


The climate was delicate and overcast all week
with rain on most days. Wind was from the west averaging at round 20mph.  

A excessive depend
of 10 feminine, three male and a big juvenile Mallard have been on Pondsbury on the third.
Low numbers of Swift have been seen all week with three on the thirtieth and third, two on
twenty eighth and 1st and singles on twenty ninth and 2nd. A Cuckoo was seen in Millcombe on the
twenty seventh and twenty eighth.

The Racing
are nonetheless hanging across the Tenting Subject. A complete of 11 have been seen on
the 2nd however solely 10 on the third after one of many South Finish juvenile Peregrines was
seen over the Village. A Collared Dove was singing in Millcombe on the 2nd.

Black-headed Gull flew over the Touchdown Bay while ready for the MS Oldenburg
on the thirtieth. Throughout a ship journey up the East Aspect on the first, 19 grownup and 4
juvenile Oystercatchers have been counted. There have been additionally excessive numbers of juvenile
Shags with at the very least 30 seen. Lots of the Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins have now efficiently fledged younger and it will not be lengthy earlier than all of them head again out to sea and the cliffs are quiet.

Two Gray
have been seen flying in by Quarry Seaside on the twenty ninth and one other was over the
Touchdown Bay on the 2nd. The Kestrel pair have efficiently raised two chicks
with the fledglings seen training their flying close to the Battery, a lot to the
dislike of the Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull colony. Lots of the
Peregrine pairs have additionally bought fledged younger. Younger birds of prey normally keep
with their mother and father for a couple of weeks studying the looking strategies they are going to
have to survive.

A Sand
was reported on the third and the primary returning Willow Warblers have been recorded
on the first and 2nd. Breeding has lastly been confirmed for the Millcombe
Chiffchaff pairs. A younger chicken was seen on the first by the Fuel Retailer, in the meantime
one other pair are busy feeding younger in Millcombe Wooden. Whitethroat are nonetheless
being seen round Millcombe with 4 juveniles counted under Millcombe Home
on the twenty seventh.

Meadow Pipit
and juvenile Wheatear look like in every single place in the mean time, notably alongside
the West Coast. Linnets are additionally forming into flocks with 20 commonly seen
feeding on the Pineappleweed by the Pig Sty. A Siskin was heard in Millcombe on
the first.

Juvenile Wheatear, Benjamin’s Chair ©
Stuart Cossey

The Manx
nest packing containers have been checked on the twenty ninth. Of the 12 that contained an egg
in Could, 9 have hatched, two are nonetheless being incubated and sadly one
has been deserted. 

Manx Shearwater chick © Stuart Cossey

butterflies and moths have been seen in the course of the overcast days. Single Hummingbird
have been seen on the thirtieth and the first. A Speckled Wooden was reported on
the twenty ninth and 1st, a scarce butterfly on Lundy. Painted Women have been seen on the
twenty ninth and thirtieth and  Grayling on twenty ninth and
1st. Meadow Brown are the most typical butterfly in the mean time with 30+ being
recorded every day. The primary Frequent Darter and Blue-tailed Damselflies have been
seen by Pondsbury on the third. 

Snorkel safaris have been led by the conservation workforce on the first and third. Highlights included Ballen Wrasse, Spiny Starfish, Lightbulb Sea Squirt and Spider Crabs.

As a result of elevated threat of Avian Influenza in seabirds now we have determined to cease all seabird ringing actions. We’re taking further care throughout any monitoring work and protecting a watch out for any useless birds. While on Lundy please report any useless seabirds to a member of workers. When you see a useless or dying chicken wherever within the UK name DEFRA on 03459 335577. Don’t contact any useless or dying birds.

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, A Rowland, P and L Chapman.


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