1st to seventh Could – Some uncommon early Could arrivals

Fowl Observatory Assistant Warden Luke Marriner summarises a diversified begin to Could.

Reasonable to gentle winds from the northto begin the week rising on the third and 4th from the southeast. Winds from the south west on fifth and sixth introduced low cloud and rain however cleared into blue skies with gentle winds on seventh.

It appears that evidently there are nonetheless two pairs of Teal on the island though the Barton’s pond pair has moved onto Pondsbury. A male Shoveler was on Pondsbury on the seventh. Two Shelduck had been seen flying alongside the east on the seventh. We’ve got had Swift sightings day by day this week with a highest depend of 36 approaching the seventh. Two sightings of Cuckoo totalling to three birds with one calling in Millcombe on the third after which a Male seen alongside Higher East Aspect and a feminine caught within the terrace lure on the fifth. This being the primary to be ringed since 2009. Collard dove numbers peaked at 5 on the fifth when a the group had been seen very first thing coming in off over Milcombe by Rob Duncan. On the Identical day a Turtle Dove was seen at Quarter Wall. A Water Rail was heard at Pondsbury on the night of the fifth. 

Shoveler, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey
Cuckoo, Quarry Terrace © Luke Marriner
Turtle Dove, Quarter Wall © Luke Marriner

Wader passage has been a bit higher this week with a single Whimbrel being seen each day by Quarter Wall Pond. A single Ringed Plover seen in center park on the third and 4th. Dunlin had been seen on Rocket Pole scrape peaking at three together with one being ringed on the third. A scramble round Rat island on the third additionally produced two Widespread Sandpipers. Two Purple Sandpiper had been nonetheless on Brazen Ward on the third.

One other spherical island depend gave us a great indication of the place our breeding sea birds are at. 16 Larger Black Backed gull, 94 Herring Gulls, 17 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 2500 Guillemot, 350 Razorbill, 110 Puffin,32 Fulmar, 15 Gannet, 25 Shag, three Cormorant. A Nice Northern Diver was nonetheless within the Touchdown bay on the 2nd.

It has been an excellent week for Herons with as much as 3 Gray Herons being seen throughout the week, nonetheless the Star Fowl of the week has to go to the Purple Heron that was first discovered on the fifth and has been very cellular and giving visiting birders and each wardens the run round, however when being seen giving good views. Simply the fifth report for the island, the final being in 1994.

Purple Heron, South Gentle © Rick Morris

Raptors have been quiet within the final week with Peregrines now being on nests and the Kestrels want to calm down alongside decrease east. The Hooded Crow was seen in Brick Area on the first.  Buzzard was seen on three events with the pale fowl nonetheless getting our hopes up for one thing rarer! A Feminine Marsh Harrier was loved by all observers on the third and 4th with the fowl quartering simply previous Quarter wall.

Hoopoe was discovered by Luke on Quarry pond on the third and was watched for c30 minutes till it was sadly misplaced to view. We’ve got had an excellent week for Hirundine passage with three-figure counts of Swallow occurring on 3 events peaking at 17,000 on the entire island. On some days birds had been touchdown and roosting within the island within the fog. Sand Martin are nonetheless trickling by with single determine counts each day and now Home Martins are choosing up with the very best depend coming once more on the seventh of 1000+.

Swallow, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Warblers are beginning to gradual now with many birds already
returning to their mainland breeding grounds. A Grasshopper Warbler was seen on the first, Willow Warbler, Sedge
and Chiffchaff had been seen
each day peaking at 21, 33, and 12 respectively. A silent Wooden warbler was seen briefly in Smelly Gully on the fifth. Our
first of the 12 months. Reed Warblers
had been trickling by with a mini fall of 5 birds in Millcombe on the seventh. Blackcaps had been a relentless being in low
double figures all week peaking at 24 on the first. A single Backyard Warbler on the 2nd and two Lesser Whitethroat each males on the sixth and seventh. Goldcrest peaked with three on the fifth. Our
pondering is that these are failed breeders with no fowl been heard singing for
not less than every week now.

Sedge Warbler, Quarry Pond © Stuart Cossey

The resident male Tune
remains to be singing its coronary heart out in Millcombe. Noticed Flycatchers are beginning to come by now being seen
each day all week and peaking with 5 on the seventh. A feminine Redstart was caught and ringed on the first. Wheatear are nonetheless shifting by with some huge Greenland sort fowl
round with migrants peaking with 70 on the first.

Yellow Wagtail was
logged on three days all single birds in Barton’s subject. White Wagtail are nonetheless round with birds being seen in Barton’s
and on the working website for the brand new water tanks.

Finch passage has slowed now with us now seeing Goldfinch and Linnet establishing territory however a Siskin flew over on the 2nd and as much as two Lesser Redpoll have been associating with a gaggle of Linnet in Bartons
and likewise being seen in Millcombe.

We’ve got began seeing butterflies now it has warmed up with
Small White, Crimson Admiral, Painted Girl, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper all being recorded.  Silver Y and Hummingbird Hawk-moths have gotten extra common
now too. Rabbits have bred properly this
12 months and are being seen regularly round the entire island,
notably Millcombe, South West Area and Fortress Hill. Probably the most
weird report of the week was a Widespread
heard in Quarry Pond on seventh. There are not any amphibians on the
island, the final information being escaped European Tree Frogs again within the 1900s.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Rob Duncan,
David Kightley, Graham Madge, Rick Morris, W Shipman, Humprey Crick, N Gates, H

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