eighth to 14th Could – Migration slows as most birds are busy breeding

 Chook Observatory Warden
Stuart Cossey writes about his final full week on the island

Average westerly
winds to begin the week introduced low cloud and rain. Westerly winds continued on
tenth and eleventh with gentle rain showers. The wind modified to the east on twelfth and
thirteenth earlier than low visibility returned on the morning of 14th with wind from
northwest. Temperatures have began to extend with clear blue skies lastly
bringing a summer time really feel to the island.

Mallard are having younger all on ponds throughout the island.
4 broods have been seen on Pondsbury, one on Quarter Wall Pond, one on
Barton Pond and one other at Quarters Pond. Sadly, as is widespread, the
numbers deplete shortly on account of predation by Ravens and gulls. Two pairs of Teal
are nonetheless being seen round Pondsbury and hopefully breeding is confirmed quickly.
A Shelduck was on Rat Island on 14th. A Water Rail was heard singing on
Pondsbury on the night of tenth.

Swift have been seen on daily basis this week with a max depend of
seven on eleventh. A male Cuckoo was singing at Quarter Wall on 14th. Single Collared
have been seen on tenth and twelfth with two birds on 14th. A Inventory Dove flew over
the Village and into Millcombe on thirteenth. The Purple Heron remains to be being seen
round Pondsbury with sightings on ninth, tenth and thirteenth.

Purple Heron © Derek Tippetts

Waders are nonetheless transferring by means of the island. Whimbrel have been
seen on 5 dates together with a flock of 4 on tenth. A breeding plumage Golden
was photographed by Tibbets on tenth. Two Curlew have been by South Gentle and
a Ringed Plover was recorded on 14th. Extremely, two Purple Sandpiper have been nonetheless
at Brazen Ward on tenth.

Seabird breeding season is in full swing with Razorbills and
Guillemots now on eggs and Kittiwakes seen nest constructing. A late Nice Northern
was seen feeding off the Terrace on eleventh. Twelve Storm Petrels have been
counted throughout a visit to a identified colony on tenth. A Cormorant was seen on thirteenth
and two on 14th.

Each Kestrels have been seen looking over Ackland’s Moor and
by Quarter Wall. Two Hooded Crows have been seen on twelfth and thirteenth in Lighthouse
Area and by the Water Tanks. A single Hooded Crow was then in Brick Area on
14th. A Jackdaw was heard calling over Millcombe on thirteenth.

The final Sand Martin was one on ninth, although Swallows and
Home Martins proceed to go north over the island. The very best Swallow
estimate this week was 1000 on eleventh and 150 Home Martin have been recorded on 14th.

The variety of warblers being seen can be slowing down. The very best
depend of Willow Warblers this week was 4 on eleventh. No less than two Chiffchaffs
have been singing in Millcombe, suggesting breeding makes an attempt this 12 months.
Whitethroats are additionally making an attempt to breed in Millcombe with round 5 territorial
males. A Reed Warbler was seen on eighth and three have been ringed on 14th. Single
Sedge Warbler have been seen on 5 dates this week with 5 seen on eleventh. Twelve
Blackcap seen on eighth dropped to only on seen on 14th.

Single Noticed Flycatchers have been famous on eighth, ninth and eleventh
with two on tenth. Two Yellow Wagtail have been seen on eleventh one other on thirteenth and one
heard flying over on 14th. A Siskin was heard flying over Millcombe on twelfth and
a Greenfinch was seen in Millcombe on thirteenth. A single Lesser Redpoll remains to be
hanging round Barton Area and was ringed in Millcombe on 14th. Most of our
widespread breeding birds have now acquired chicks with Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Starlings
and Meadow Pipits seen taking meals to chicks.

In non-avian information, the Frequent Toad remains to be calling at
Quarry Pond on eleventh and thirteenth. A Frequent Dolphin was discovered washed up within the
Touchdown Bay on thirteenth and two Harbour Porpoise have been seen from the Battery.

Lastly, it’s time for me to say farewell. I’ve had a tremendous
18 months on Lundy, assembly some pretty folks and seeing some unbelievable
birds. On sixteenth I might be leaving the island with my accomplice Megan to maneuver to
Northern Eire.

It’s a pleasure to welcome Joe Parker and his accomplice Ella to the
island. Joe would be the new Chook Observatory Warden and can take my place as
the resident chicken nerd.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Joe Parker,
Rosie Ellis, Rob Duncan, David Kightley, Tony & Ann Taylor, Chris &
Carol Baillie, Chris & Mandy Dee, Paul Dean

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