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twenty third to twenty ninth Could – Busy breeding birds


Overcast and chilly firstly of the week,
brightening by Friday when winds shifted from the west to the northeast.. The
finish of the week had clear skies and temperatures peaking at 15°.

Regardless that
there are few migrating birds, the island could be very noisy in the mean time with
quite a few hungry mouths to feed. In Millcombe Wrens, Blackbirds, Robins, Chaffinches and Dunnocks
all have fledged chicks to feed. Within the Gorse and fields the primary younger Linnets and Meadow Pipits have
fledged. The loudest chicks are the Starlings
that are calling from in every single place within the Village.

Juvenile Chaffinch, Millcombe ©
Stuart Cossey
Juvenile Starling, Village ©
Stuart Cossey

The 2
feminine Mallards in Barton Discipline have
managed to maintain their chicks for one more week with broods of two and one on the
twenty ninth. Teal have additionally bred once more this
12 months on Pondsbury with a feminine and eight ducklings seen on the twenty eighth.

A small
passage of Swift was famous within the
northeasterlies with two on the twenty eighth and 12 on the twenty ninth. The Collared Dove stays in Millcombe,
usually singing from the highest of Millcombe Woods. A Cormorant flew north over the Battlements on the twenty eighth earlier than
altering course and heading west over the island.

The hotter
climate in direction of the tip of the week was typical for migrating birds of prey and
as anticipated an Osprey flew low over
the East Coast on the twenty seventh mobbed by the native gulls and Peregrine. A Interest was
seen heading north over Ackland’s Moor on the twenty eighth and two Merlin had been reported on the twenty seventh. The Kestrel pair are doing nicely with the male usually seen taking prey
objects again to the nest on the West Coast.

Small numbers
of hirundines proceed emigrate over the island. One Sand Martin was seen on the twenty third, two on the twenty sixth and twenty seventh and
three on the twenty ninth. Home Martins had been every single day with a peak of
eight on the twenty third and twenty seventh. Excessive counts of Swallows
had been 30 on the twenty seventh and 36 on the twenty ninth.

The bulk
of warblers on the island in the mean time are the native breeding birds. A pair of
Blackcap and at the least three singing Whitethroats are in Millcombe. Willow Warbler had been seen on twenty third to twenty fifth and twenty eighth and twenty ninth together with just a few
singing males. At the least one Chiffchaff
is singing in Millcombe with others seen alongside the East Coast.

A Golden Oriole was first seen on the
twenty fourth on the backside of Smelly Gully earlier than flying to St Helens Copse. It then
gave some transient views within the Sycamores above Millcombe Home on the twenty fifth. The ultimate
sighting was on the twenty seventh because it flew east down Millcombe Valley. It was recognized
as an immature male given its greener plumage.

Noticed Flycatchers had been seen as much as the twenty eighth with a excessive rely of six on
the twenty sixth. A male Black Redstart was seen on the twenty seventh and twenty eighth.
A Yellow Wagtail was nonetheless in Barton Discipline on the twenty third and two males
together with a Blue-headed Wagtail had been
there on the twenty ninth. Two White Wagtails had been recorded on the twenty third and
a single was current on the twenty seventh.

Noticed Flycatcher, Millcombe ©
Stuart Cossey

A gaggle of ringers are at present on the island color ringing our breeding Wheatear. This permits us to work out the place they breed every year and the way previous they’re with out having to catch them. In the event you do see any color ringed Wheatear please make an observation of the sequence or take a photograph and e-mail

Color ringing Wheatear, West Coast © Rebecca Taylor

In non-avian
information, a Wall Brown was seen on the twenty fourth, together with 5 Painted Women and a
Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, J Dunning, P Holt, J Holt, C Clabburn,
P Blabburn, S Lengthy, R Taylor, M Port


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