third to ninth April – First Pastime, Redstart, Tree Pipit and Ring Ouzel

Average winds from
the east and southeast to start out the week. Rain showers and average southwesterlies
on fifth and sixth earlier than switching again to the southeast on the finish of the week.

A complete of seven Teal
had been counted on Pondsbury on third and eight on ninth. Three Canada Geese
had been seen flying north then south previous Jenny’s Cove at round 7:30 on 4th. They
had been then seen flying north over the Village earlier than turning south and heading
off over Millcombe. What’s more likely to be the identical three Canada Geese had been seen flying south over Citadel Hill on eighth.

Canada Geese, Village © Stuart Cossey

Inventory Dove was seen at Jenny’s Cove on seventh after which flying over the Village on eighth. The variety of Woodpigeon has elevated to 9. A number of waders are on the transfer with a Golden Plover previous Jenny’s Cove on third. Additionally on third, a Dunlin was seen on the Earthquake and a Snipe and Jack Snipe by Quarter Wall Pond. Six Purple Sandpipers remained at Brazen Ward on third. A Ringed Plover was seen in Brick and Tillage Fields on seventh and eighth. The primary Whimbrel of the 12 months was in Barton Discipline on ninth.

Purple Sandpiper, Brazen Ward © Stuart Cossey
Jack Snipe, Quarter Wall © Luke Marriner

The primary Puffin productiveness survey came about this week
and a complete of 235 Puffins had been seen
at Jenny’s Cove. Numbers of Guillemot
and Razorbill nonetheless stay low. A Nice Northern Diver was in
the Touchdown Bay on sixth. Two Cormorant
had been seen alongside the East Aspect with Shag on third, probably an indication that they might
breed this 12 months? One other two flew over Millcombe on ninth.

The feminine Sparrowhawk
and Merlin are nonetheless being seen
continuously. There have been two data of Buzzard,
two flew south alongside the East Aspect on third and a pale fowl flew south over the
Village on eighth. The pair of Kestrel
have been seen collectively across the island. Probably the most effective fowl of the week
is a Pastime, first seen on the Outdated
Hospital on fifth, it has been seen as much as the ninth above the Terrace and Millcombe.
A complete of 43 Carrion Crow had been counted on 4th and included a
flock of ten which had been seen flying south off Benjamin’s Chair.

Pastime, Outdated Hospital © Luke Marriner

There was regular hirundines passage on most days. Just one
Swallow was seen on fifth however this elevated
on sixth and seventh when 101 and 240 Swallows
had been counted respectively. 169 Sand Martin had been counted on seventh. Home Martin numbers are nonetheless low with a excessive depend on 14 on seventh. Willow
Warblers at the moment are a continuing sight in
Millcombe with excessive counts 32 on seventh and 30 on eighth. Chiffchaff are nonetheless frequent with a excessive depend of 20 on eighth. The
first Backyard Warbler of the 12 months was seen in Millcombe on eighth and a most of
six Blackcap had been counted on seventh. The
male Firecrest ringed on 1st was
seen as much as 4th and a brand new fowl was ringed on ninth. Goldcrest numbers have dropped and remained in single figures for
the entire week.

Willow Warbler, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey

The primary Ring Ouzel of the 12 months was a male seen up by
the North Finish. A Black Redstart was b Earthquake on sixth and a
male Redstart was on the Terrace on
eighth. A complete of 49 Wheatear had been
counted on third, 27 on 4th and 39 on seventh. A White
Wagtail was seen once more on third and
the primary Tree Pipit of the 12 months was heard over Millcombe on ninth. There was a
noticeable motion of finches together with 14 Goldfinch on third and 15 on eighth. 105 Linnet had been counted on third and 79 on seventh. A Siskin was in Millcombe on fifth and sixth and a feminine Bullfinch was heard on eighth and earlier than
being seen on ninth.

Linnet, Rocket Pole © Stuart Cossey

In non-avian information, a Holly
was seen in Millcombe on
third. Extra frequent butterflies being seen in the meanwhile are Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Pink Admiral. The moth
entice has been profitable this week with Frequent
Quaker and Early Gray probably the most
frequent. Surprisingly a Brindled
on the ninth was the primary
file of the island. This moth is without doubt one of the most considerable species in woodland
in April in mainland Devon.

Brindled Magnificence © Stuart Cossey

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Rosie Ellis, Shaun
Barnes, Chris Baillie, Nick Elliott

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