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.
At the least
4 broods of Mallards had 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
information on daily basis. 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 chook on the tenth.
good selection in waders this week. Singles of Golden Plover had been recorded on the
thirteenth, 14th and fifteenth. Whimbrel had 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
Godwit was final seen on the ninth within the rush on the west of Excessive Avenue Discipline. Single
Dunlin had been seen on the 14th and fifteenth, a Frequent 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 report 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 direction of the West Coast.
|Bar-tailed Godwit, Excessive Avenue Discipline © Stuart Cossey|
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 had been reported on the ninth and eleventh respectively.
Paul St Pierre and Antony Bellamy of the RSPB are at the moment 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 at the least 5 pairs are current. A
Merlin was seen on the thirteenth and 14th close to Midway Wall. Passion had 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|
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 may be nonetheless a great selection. Two Wooden
Warbler had 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 had been seen on
the tenth, eleventh, twelfth, 14th and fifteenth. Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler had been singing
in Millcombe each morning. Excessive counts of six Chiffchaff had been on the thirteenth and
14th and 7 Sedge Warblers on the 14th. A Reed Warbler was seen on the 14th,
Grasshopper Warblers had been current on the tenth, eleventh and 14th and three Backyard
Warblers had been recorded with one on thirteenth and two on the 14th . Blackcaps and Whitethroats
had been seen on daily basis 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|
to be a superb yr for breeding Starlings. In the intervening time chicks are
calling from almost each wall and at the least 60 nests have been famous across the
Village. There are Stonechats breeding all throughout the island with at the least 15
pairs famous. The primary fledgling Blackbirds have been seen in Millcombe this
week. It appears that evidently the rat eradication was not solely useful to the seabirds
but in addition for a lot of breeding landbirds.
Flycatchers have begun to reach once more after a quiet interval between the 4th and
ninth. Three had 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 by means of the island with a excessive rely of 35 seen on the
|Noticed Flycatcher, Millcombe © Richard Campey|
|Feminine Whinchat, Barton Discipline © Stuart Cossey|
The perfect chook of the week was a feminine Bluethroat seen by Tim Davis and
Tim Jones on the Decrease East Facet path under 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.
Wagtail was heard on the 14th over the Lodge after which three had been counted on the
fifteenth together with a Blue-headed Wagtail and male flavissima in Barton Discipline. Gray Wagtails had been heard over the
island on the twelfth, 14th and fifteenth and two White Wagtails had 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 had 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|
Linnet are nonetheless excessive for the time of yr 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 had been seen in Millcombe on the twelfth and
information, aside from the same old butterflies, a Painted Woman was seen on the fifteenth,
Peacock on the twelfth and Brimstone on the ninth. The primary Small Heaths had been
recorded on the twelfth. The primary Inexperienced Tiger Beetles of the yr had been seen on
the fifteenth alongside the West Coast. Highlights from the moth entice embrace Galium
Carpet (first island report), 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, Ok Dobie, J Boyle.