twentieth to twenty sixth March – First Willow Warblers


Average to sturdy
southwesterlies all week with occasional rain. Calm and lightweight northerly winds
on twenty sixth.

A complete of eight Teal had been seen on twenty fourth and twenty sixth. A feminine
Shoveler flew over the Village on the night of twenty first. A excessive rely of eight
Woodpigeon had been recorded on twenty fourth. Single Water Rail had been heard in Millcombe on
twentieth and twenty sixth. A Black-headed Gull flew north previous South West Level on twenty sixth.

A single Golden Plover was heard flying over the island from
twentieth to twenty second. A Curlew landed in Brick Area after the low cloud cleared within the
late afternoon on twentieth. A Woodcock was flushed from alongside the Decrease East Facet
on twenty third and a Jack Snipe was flushed round Pondsbury on twenty fourth.  The 9 Purple Sandpipers had been nonetheless at
Brazen Ward on twenty fifth.

The sturdy winds cleared all of the Auks off the cliffs with
solely 115 Puffins and 20 Guillemot returning to Jenny’s Cove on twenty sixth. As much as two
Nice Northern Divers had been seen from the Touchdown Bay from twenty third to twenty sixth. A
single Crimson-throated Diver was additional out on twenty third. Manx Shearwater are beginning
to reach in bigger numbers with 200 counted of South West Level on the morning
of twenty sixth. A Cormorant flew west previous the Fort on twenty fifth and presumably the identical grownup
was seen on Miller’s Cake on twenty sixth.

The feminine Sparrowhawk was seen on a number of events this
week, as was the feminine Merlin. A excessive rely of 9 Peregrine had been counted on
twenty sixth. The Jackdaw stays round Excessive Road Area.

There have been few hirundines this week, 10 Sand Martin had been
counted on twenty sixth. A Swallow flew by way of on twenty second and eight and 14 had been seen on
twenty fourth and twenty sixth respectively. The primary Willow Warbler of the 12 months was in
Millcombe on twenty first. The lighter winds and rain in a single day introduced in a number of
migrants on twenty sixth. 4 Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, 19 Chiffchaff, 25
Goldcrest and two Firecrests had been seen throughout the island with presumably extra
shifting all through the day.

Firecrest, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

A number of late winter thrushes had been on the transfer this week. A
Fieldfare was seen in Millcombe on twenty third and Redwing had been famous on twenty second and
twenty fifth. A feminine Black Redstart was beneath Benjamin’s Chair on twenty sixth and a complete of
16 Stonechat had been counted on twenty fifth. Wheatear are nonetheless shifting by way of slowly with 23 on twenty fourth, 18 on twenty fifth and 31 on twenty sixth. There have been huge actions of Meadow Pipits on
a number of days together with 125 on twenty fifth and 290 on twenty sixth. A max of 11 Pied Wagtail
and 16 alba wagtail had been recorded on
twenty sixth and single White Wagtail had been seen on twenty fourth and twenty sixth. A Gray Wagtail was
heard flying over on twenty sixth. Finches are being recorded extra commonly with Goldfinches
and Linnet recorded day-after-day. A complete of seven Goldfinch had been seen on twenty sixth
together with one seen flying out to sea off the North Finish. A Brambling fly over
the Fort on twenty sixth.

Wheatear, North Finish © Stuart Cossey
White Wagtail, Excessive Road Area © Stuart Cossey
Goldfinch, Paradise Row © Stuart Cossey

In non-avian information, the twenty fifth noticed the primary day with a number of
butterfly sightings alongside the Decrease East Facet together with a Small White, Small
Tortoiseshell and Peacock. Three Sluggish Worms had been present in Millcombe while
transplanting some bushes from the nursery.

Peacock, Decrease East Facet © Stuart Cossey

This week additionally noticed the arrival of our seasonal volunteer
Chook Observatory Assistant Warden, Luke Marriner. Luke can be staying on the
island till October and helping with the morning hen census.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Tim
Davis, Tim Jones, Helen Cole, Ishbel Hayes, Bee Cox, Alan Rowland

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