18th to twenty fourth April – A basic spring week with loads of new arrivals


The beginning of the week was sunny with a
average westerly winds. The wind picked up in direction of the tip of the week and was
blowing from the east. On some days the wind died down within the afternoon

A Collared
Dove was seen within the Village and Millcombe on 18th and one other on twenty third and
twenty fourth. A Inventory Dove was seen over South West Subject on the twenty second. The very best
rely of Woodpigeon this week was 9 on the twenty second.

The primary
actual motion of waders was logged this week with two Whimbrel on Rat Island on
the twentieth. 5 species of wader had been then recorded on the twenty third. Together with the
normal Oystercatchers across the island, a Ringed Plover was seen on the monitor
by South West Subject and was heard calling across the space for a lot of the
morning. A complete of 4 Whimbrel had been seen with two in off Benjamin’s Chair,
one within the Touchdown Bay and one touchdown in entrance of Stoneycroft. A Snipe flew
over Barton Subject and a Frequent Sandpiper was seen down on the Touchdown Seaside.
One other Snipe was seen on the twenty fourth up by John O’Groats home.

Frequent Sandpiper, Touchdown Seaside © Stuart
Ringed Plover, South West Subject © Stuart Cossey

Counts of
seabirds have been growing all through the week roughly 10,000 Guillemots,
3000 Razorbill, 124 Puffin, 45 Fulmar, 68 Shag and 90 Kittiwake recorded throughout
a full rely on the twenty fourth. With the darkish evenings, giant numbers of Manx
Shearwater have been coming to land. 9 new birds had been ringed throughout a brief
session on the twenty second and one other ten had been retrapped. The oldest chicken caught was ringed
in 2012 so fairly younger in comparison with the oldest ever discovered which was 50.

Razorbill, Jenny’s Cove © Stuart Cossey
Puffin, Jenny’s Cove © Stuart Cossey

Quite a lot of
birds of prey have been sticking round this week. A pair of Kestrel have been
seen alongside the East Coast and Citadel Hill and could be breeding on the
island. A Sparrowhawk has been seen on the nineteenth, twenty second and twenty fourth and a feminine
Merlin has been recorded on nineteenth, twenty first and twenty fourth. A Hen Harrier was reported on
the 18th over Quarter Wall.

A Rook was
seen flying in over Citadel Hill on the nineteenth and a excessive rely of 20 Carrion
Crows had been seen on the twenty third.

The quantity
of hirundines transferring by means of has been steadily more and more with many seen
heading south quite than north throughout the easterly winds in direction of the tip of
the week. Excessive counts of Sand Martins had been 9 on nineteenth and twenty fourth and there have been
18 Home Martin counted on the twenty fourth. Regular passage of Swallows was seen with
75 on the 18th, 46 on twentieth and 91 on twenty fourth.

The quantity
of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps has decreased from final week’s excessive counts of 60
and 150. This week probably the most Willow Warblers seen was 10 and solely 15 Blackcaps. A
very gray tristis kind Chiffchaff was seen on the Terrace on the twentieth. Though
there have been decrease numbers, new birds have began to reach with Sedge Warblers
seen on the twenty third and twenty fourth, Lesser Whitethroat on the twentieth and one singing on the twenty fourth, two Frequent
Whitethroats had been seen on the twenty second and twenty fourth and a Reed Warbler was by Pondsbury on the twenty fourth. A Grasshopper
Warbler was ringed in Millcombe on the twenty third.

Frequent Whitethroat, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey
Lesser Whitethroat, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

A feminine
Ring Ouzel was seen by the Pig Sties on the twenty first and the male Tune Thrush
continues to sing in Millcombe. A male Frequent Redstart was on the wall by South
West Subject on the 18th and a feminine was above Benjamin’s Chair on the twenty third. The
first Whinchat of the yr was seen on the 14th foraging alongside Quarter Wall.
Stonechats seem like doing nicely with this yr with at the least eight pairs on
the island. A feminine with meals was seen on the East Aspect that means it gained’t be
lengthy earlier than the primary chicks fledge. It has been more and more busy with
Wheatear all throughout the island in the previous couple of days. A minimum of
93 had been seen on the twenty fourth with 14 simply on Pointless Wall. Many of those had been of the bigger and brighter Greenland
race which is able to proceed north to breed in Greenland and Canada earlier than heading
again to Sub-Saharan Africa in autumn.  

Feminine Ring Ouzel, Pig Sty © Stuart Cossey
Whinchat, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey
Wheatears, Pointless Wall © Stuart Cossey

Pipits are principally now on territory and singing throughout the island with solely a
few small flocks more likely to be persevering with north to breed. A Tree Pipit was seen
in Millcombe on nineteenth and a shocking male Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail was foraging
across the Lundy Ponies on Barton Subject on the afternoon of the twenty fourth. A White
Wagtail was additionally seen on the twenty fourth.

Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Subject © Stuart Cossey
Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Subject © Stuart Cossey

spotlight of the week when it comes to finches was a feminine Hawfinch ringed in Millcombe
on the 18th and seen once more on the twenty first. Goldfinches had been nonetheless passing by means of
the island with 34 counted on the 18th. Linnets are exhibiting indicators of breeding
with singing males in a couple of places and females gathering nesting materials.
Others are nonetheless migrating although with counts of 49 on the nineteenth, 62 on twenty second and
79 on twenty fourth. A male Siskin was seen on the nineteenth and twenty first. A minimum of two breeding pairs
of Chaffinch are in Millcombe.

Feminine Hawfinch, Millcombe © Chris Dee

S Cossey, C Dee, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, R Duncan, Ok Annison, D Dowding,
P Bullock, J Cox and M and J Webber.



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