seventeenth to twenty third April – The magic of migration

Chicken Observatory Warden Stuart
critiques a wonderful week of migration on the island.

A lightweight southeasterly
to begin the week was adopted by three days of robust easterlies. Average
east and southeast winds blew on twenty first and twenty second and the twenty third was a really mild
northerly. The week was largely dry with rain in direction of the tip of the week.

Two pairs of Teal
had been seen on Pondsbury this week. Two Shelduck
had been on Pondsbury on twenty second.  The third
island document of Nice White Egret
was discovered on Pondsbury by visiting younger birders on seventeenth and was nonetheless current
on the morning of 18th. The primary Collared
Dove of the yr appeared on 18th
and was joined by a second on nineteenth. They had been each seen as much as the twenty third. A Inventory Dove was seen on twenty third and unusually a flock of 13 Woodpigeon had been counted in Quarter Wall
Copse. The primary Cuckoo of the yr
was up by Previous Gentle on 18th.

Nice White Egret, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey
Shelduck, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey

It was a wonderful week for wader migration. The island’s
seventh document of Little Ringed Plover
was heard after which seen with a Ringed
Plover and two Dunlin in Lighthouse Area on twentieth. It was then heard calling on
the night of the twenty first. 5 Purple
Sandpiper had been nonetheless at Brazen Ward
on nineteenth. Whimbrel had been seen on 5
dates together with two on twentieth, twenty second and twenty third. Ringed Plover had been seen
or heard on six dates with two on 18th and twenty third. Three Dunlin had been seen on 18th and two on twentieth and twenty first. A late Jack Snipe was seen on the night of twenty first. Three Frequent Sandpiper had been
round Rat Island on twenty first.

Little Ringed Plover, Lighthouse Area © Luke Marriner
Dunlin, Lighthouse Area © Stuart Cossey
Whimbrel, South West Area© Stuart Cossey
Frequent Sandpiper, Rat Island © Stuart Cossey

Jenny’s Cove is getting busy with 559 Guillemot, 469 Razorbill
and 93 Puffin counted on twenty first. Different
than our breeding seabirds, a Black-headed
was seen on twenty second and a Mediterranean
Gull flew previous on nineteenth. A Sandwich Tern was within the Touchdown Bay on twenty third. A Nice Northern Diver was nonetheless current within the Touchdown
Bay on seventeenth.

The wintering feminine Sparrowhawk
was final seen on twentieth and the Merlin
on the seventeenth. The pair of Kestrel are
repeatedly being seen together with Peregrines.
A Marsh Harrier flew over the island on

The in a single day fog and calm winds made for an excellent day of migration
on seventeenth. Totals embrace 500 Willow Warbler, 74 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 12 Grasshopper Warbler,
5 Sedge Warbler, 300 Blackcap,
three Whitethroat, a Firecrest and 6 Goldcrest.  After a full day
of ringing in Millcombe a complete of 402 birds had been processed. Birds cleared out
in a single day with lowered numbers the remainder of the week with 50 Willow Warblers on 18th and 56 on twenty second. 9 Sedge Warblers had been
current on twenty second together with Reed Warblers on 18th, twenty first and twenty second. As much as
three Grasshopper Warblers had been recorded most days for
the remainder of the week.  A late Siberian Chiffchaff was ringed
in Millcombe on twenty third.

Reed Warbler, Millcombe © Danielle Carbott

Hirundines had been transferring by way of in massive numbers. There have been excessive
counts of 500 Swallows on seventeenth, 340
on twentieth and 600 on twenty third. Home Martins and Sand Martins had been much less
frequent with max counts of 200 Home
Martins on twenty third and 110 Sand Martin on nineteenth. The primary Swifts
had been seen this week with one on 18th and one other on twentieth.

There was a small pulse of thrush migration. Ring Ouzel had been recorded between seventeenth and twenty second with a most of 12 on
18th, 5 on twenty first and 4 on nineteenth and twentieth. Six Tune Thrush had been
recorded on twenty first together with our resident singing male.

Ring Ouzel, West Facet © Stuart Cossey

The primary Noticed
Flycatcher of the yr was seen on
twenty second. 9 Pied Flycatcher had been counted on seventeenth with three on the twenty first. Two had been
current on 18th and twenty third and singles on twentieth and twenty second. A Black Redstart was seen
on seventeenth and 18th and as much as 12 Frequent
Redstart had been seen on seventeenth. Different
excessive counts embrace 5 Redstart on
18th and 6 on twenty first. A male Whinchat
was on the Terrace on twentieth. Apparent passage of Wheatear was famous throughout the plateau. Over 80 had been seen on 18th,
twenty first and twenty second with the bulk being the bigger and brighter Greenland race.

Pied Flycatcher, Barton Area © Reuben Veal
Greenland Wheatear, South West Area © Stuart Cossey
Greenland Wheatear, South West Area © Stuart Cossey

The male Blue-headed
was seen once more on seventeenth together with two different Yellow Wagtail. A single feminine was seen on twenty first. As much as 4 White Wagtail had been seen through the week and there was a excessive depend of 16 alba wagtail
on seventeenth.5 Tree Pipit had been additionally famous on seventeenth with one
on 18th, three on twentieth and twenty second and 4 on twenty first.

Yellow Wagtail, Lighthouse Area © Stuart Cossey
Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Area © Reuben Veal

A Serin
flew alongside the West Facet with three Goldfinch
on twentieth. Two Greenfinch had been seen on
twenty third and a Siskin was seen on seventeenth.
Single Lesser Redpoll had been counted on seventeenth and twenty first. A excessive depend of 35 Goldfinch had been counted on seventeenth. 196 Linnet had been counted on twenty third, 183 on
twenty first and 135 on seventeenth.

In non-avian information, a Painted
Woman and Peacock had been seen on seventeenth and a Crimson Admiral on twentieth.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Rosie Ellis, Chris
Dee, Rackie Powell, Rob Duncan, David Kightley, Rueben Veal, Harry Hiscox, Will
Pearce, Jake Belton, Ellie Holley, Danielle Austin, Henry Pagem Owen Davies,
Sian Davies, Beth Newark, Iona Cunningham-Eurich, Stephan Cheung, Nathan
Williams, Alex Liddle

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