twenty fourth to thirtieth April – Low cloud slows however would not cease migration

Reasonable winds from
the southeast and southwest for almost all of the week. Avery mild southerly
on twenty ninth. Poor visibility due to low cloud and sea fog within the mornings from
twenty seventh to twenty ninth and all day on thirtieth.

It seems that Teal could breed once more this 12 months with two
pairs, one in Barton Discipline and one other on Pondsbury. A Swift was seen on twenty eighth. Male
Cuckoo have been heard and seen on twenty fifth, twenty sixth and twenty eighth. A feminine was additionally heard ‘effervescent’
on the twenty sixth. A Inventory Dove was seen on twenty sixth. Collared Dove are nonetheless being seen,
peaking at three on twenty sixth after which simply the one as much as thirtieth. A Turtle Dove was in
Barton Discipline on the night of twenty ninth earlier than flying right down to St Helen’s Copse.

Collared Dove, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

A quieter week for wader passage. Whimbrel have been seen on 5
dates with a max of three by Quarter Wall on twenty eighth. A single Ringed Plover was
seen on twenty fourth and a Snipe on twenty seventh. A complete island rely of 53 Oystercatchers was
taken on twenty sixth. Amazingly, three Purple Sandpiper are nonetheless at Brazen Ward.

Purple Sandpiper, Brazen Ward © Stuart Cossey

A spherical island rely on twenty sixth gave a superb estimate on our
seabirds. 252 Kittiwakes, 41 Nice Black-backed Gulls, 608 Herring Gulls and 165
Lesser Black-backed Gulls have been counted. 3190 Guillemot, 3250 Razorbill and 161
Puffin have been seen, although this quantity ought to improve in Might as extra birds
return to the slopes. 124 Fulmar have been counted, the bulk on Gannet’s Rock. A
Nice Northern Diver was seen off the East Coast on twenty fourth and twenty eighth.

A feminine Merlin was seen on twenty fourth and twenty eighth and a pale Buzzard
flew south on twenty fifth. A Hooded Crow was seen flying over Quarter Wall and landed
south of Pondsbury on thirtieth. There have been no large hirundines days; the best
rely of Swallows was 380 on twenty ninth. A max of 40 Home Martin have been seen on twenty eighth
and 50 Sand Martin on twenty fifth.

Hooded Crow, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey

9 species of warbler have been seen this week. The primary
Lesser Whitethroat of the 12 months was ringed on twenty sixth and a Backyard Warbler on the
twenty ninth. Reed Warbler have been famous on twenty seventh and thirtieth. A gradual motion of Willow
Warblers have been transferring by means of the island with between 10 and 50 a day. Blackcaps
have been extra common with between 10 and 110. There have been arrivals of Sedge Warbler
on twenty sixth and twenty ninth with seven and 12 seen respectively. The twenty seventh was the largest
day for Whitethroat with 23 counted. The feminine Firecrest was retrapped on twenty sixth
and single Goldcrest have been seen on twenty fourth, twenty seventh, twenty eighth and thirtieth.

Whitethroat, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Ring Ouzel are nonetheless passing by means of with two seen on twenty sixth
and twenty seventh and singles on twenty fourth, twenty eighth and twenty ninth. Noticed Flycatcher are beginning to
arrive with two on twenty seventh and singles on twenty eighth and thirtieth. A male Pied Flycatcher
was seen on twenty fifth and a feminine on twenty seventh. A male Redstart was current on twenty seventh. A
feminine Whinchat was seen on twenty seventh and two on twenty eighth. There have been a number of days of
Greenland Wheatear passage. Greenland Wheatear are an even bigger race of Northern
Wheatear that cross by means of the UK on their approach to breed in Greenland and
Canada. 142 Wheatear have been counted on twenty fourth, 75 on twenty fifth and 87 on twenty sixth.

Greenland Wheatear, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey

A single Yellow Wagtail was heard on twenty fifth. Three White
Wagtail have been seen on twenty fourth, two on twenty fifth and singles as much as twenty ninth. Tree Pipit have been
heard on twenty fourth and twenty ninth.

There seems to be three pairs of Chaffinch in Millcombe
with two females seen nest constructing. Three Greenfinch have been current on twenty fifth and
a pair at the moment are ceaselessly being seen round Millcombe. Round 30 Goldfinch are
being seen every day with many ringed together with 4 with rings from elsewhere. 180
Linnet have been counted on26th with a flock of fifty forming in Barton Discipline most
evenings. Different Linnet have been seen nest constructing within the Gorse round  the island.

It has been too chilly for many invertebrates however in different
non-avian information, a Widespread Pipistrelle was seen and recorded on a bat detector
outdoors the Tavern and in Millcombe on twenty eighth. Two Harbour Porpoise have been off
Jenny’s Cove on twenty sixth and a Bottlenose Dolphin was within the Touchdown Bay on thirtieth.
Rabbits have bred properly this 12 months and are being seen frequently round
the entire island, significantly Millcombe, South West Discipline and Fort Hill.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Rosie Ellis, Rob
Duncan, David Kightley, Kevin Waterfall, David Jones, P Maunder.

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