twenty seventh March to 2nd April – Sturdy motion of hirundines


Began the week with
mild easterlies earlier than the robust southwesterlies and rain returned as much as the
thirty first. Sunshine with average to mild northerly winds to begin April.

Mallard have
began to pair off with complete numbers now turning into tougher to rely. As much as
three Teal are nonetheless current on
Pondsbury consisting of 1 male and two females. A Greylag Goose flew over
Fortress Hill on the morning of twenty seventh. Two different geese, presumably Greylag, flew
north over Center Park in a while twenty seventh. A Inventory
Dove was recorded from twenty eighth to thirty first
and there was a excessive rely of 14 Woodpigeon
on thirty first. A summer-plumage Blackheaded Gull was seen with the Herring Gulls in Excessive Road Discipline throughout
unhealthy climate on thirty first.

A full island stroll on twenty seventh resulted in counts of 3083 Guillemot, 1510 Razorbill, 201 Puffin
and 150 Fulmar. Two Nice Northern Divers had been
seen on twenty seventh and 2nd with just one within the Touchdown Bay on all different dates. Cormorants are often famous flying
over the island, together with 5 on twenty seventh and 6 on twenty eighth, however two breeding
plumage birds roosting with Shags
alongside the East Aspect might counsel an try at nesting this yr. Solely two Purple Sandpipers had been seen at Brazen Ward on twenty ninth.

Cormorants, East Aspect © Tim Jones
Razorbills and Puffins, Jenny’s Cove © Tim Jones

The feminine Sparrowhawk
continues to be seen across the Village and a smaller male was seen on 2nd. The
feminine Merlin is extra elusive however is
usually seen past Quarter Wall. It seems a pair of Kestrel has returned with each calling and displaying over
Millcombe on twenty ninth. The variety of Jackdaw
elevated to 3 on twenty seventh when a pair joined the long-staying particular person in
Brick Discipline. All three had been seen as much as 1st, with solely our single bachelor/bachelorette
seen on 2nd!  A Rook flew over the Nook within the Village within the early night of 2nd.

Feminine Sparrowhawk © Tim Jones

Hirundine passage has actually picked up with excessive counts of
68 Sand Martin counted on twenty seventh and 340 on 2nd. Swallow numbers had been additionally growing with 28 on twenty seventh, 48 on thirtieth
and 160 on 2nd. There are a lot fewer Home
Martin with solely six on 1st and one
on 2nd.

Twenty-four Chiffchaff
had been counted on twenty seventh and 20 on twenty eighth. This peaked on 2nd with a complete of 51. Willow Warblers additionally arrived on 2nd with 54 counted, the primary
double-digit rely this yr. A small variety of Blackcap are being recorded with the very best rely of 5 on 2nd. The
male Firecrest continued to be seen
in Millcombe all week and was ringed on 1st. Goldcrest numbers diversified with excessive counts of 26 on twenty seventh and 23 on
2nd. Possible the ultimate spring report of Redwing
was on twenty seventh, with one in Millcombe. A younger male Music Thrush joined our
resident male by singing its quick and fewer spectacular repertoire on thirty first and
1st.

Willow Warbler, Millcombe © Luke Marriner
Firecrest, Millcombe © Luke Marriner

There was a full island rely of 63 Wheatear on twenty seventh, together with a number of colour-ringed birds. Pied Wagtail and White Wagtail proceed to push via the
island. 13 confirmed Pied Wagtail had been seen within the fields on twenty seventh
with 17 on the twenty ninth and 11 on 2nd. Flyover wagtails which couldn’t be
recognized to race had been additionally counted with a excessive rely of 18 seen or heard on
twenty seventh. Two Continental White Wagtails had been seen across the farm
fields on twenty seventh and thirtieth with one on twenty eighth and 2nd. Meadow Pipits seem to
be slowing down with the vast majority of birds recorded now in small pre-breeding
teams or singing males on territory. The best rely was 172 on twenty seventh. Goldfinch
and Linnet passage elevated on the 2nd with 102 Linnet and 24 Goldfinch
flying over, together with flocks seen heading in direction of Wales off the North Finish.

Color-ringed Wheatear, West Coast © Tim Jones

In non-avian information, butterfly sightings on 2nd included two Small White, two Small Tortoiseshell, a Painted Woman and a Peacock. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was
seen by Quarter Wall. Within the moth entice on twenty ninth had been two Pearly Underwing; a migrant
moth to the UK with only a few March data.

A Harbour Porpoise was off South West Level on
twenty eighth and two swam previous the Fortress on 2nd.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Luke Marriner, Rosie Ellis, Tim
Davis, Tim Jones, Chris Baillie, Steve Rosser

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