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14th to twentieth November – A Lengthy-eared Owl ringed

Reasonable westerly and northwesterly winds at first of
the week calmed briefly on the nineteenth earlier than turning into sturdy once more. It was principally
dry with rain on the sixteenth.

A minimum of 4 Teal
remained on Pondsbury all week with no different wildfowl of notice. A single Woodpigeon was seen in Millcombe on
4 events. Plenty of Oystercatchers
stay across the coast with a most of 5 on the seventeenth. Rain in a single day on
the 14th and fifteenth introduced in just a few Woodcock.
One was in Millcombe Valley on the morning of the fifteenth and three had been recorded
on the morning of the fifteenth together with 5 Snipe.
Two Nice Northern Diver had been seen
on the fifteenth. One was feeding within the Touchdown Bay and the opposite flew low over
Rocket Pole heading south.

A Merlin arrived
on the 18th and was seen feeding round South West Subject once more on the twentieth. The
Hen Harrier was seen up till the
18th with no signal since.  A minimum of one Sparrowhawk and Kestrel proceed to hunt across the south of the island, typically concentrating on
drained migrant Chaffinch. On the
morning of the 18th an alarm calling Blackbird
alerted to the presence of one thing within the Blackthorn on the high of Millcombe.
On inspection a Lengthy-eared Owl
flew out of canopy and tried to land within the Pines earlier than being chased by Crows
over in direction of St John’s Valley. That night , mist nets had been put up in St John’s
Valley and a juvenile feminine Lengthy-eared
was ringed. That is solely the fifth to be ringed on the island, the
final in 2008.

Lengthy-eared Owl, St  John’s Valley © Stuart Cossey
Hen Harrier, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey

Presumably the final Blackcap
of the yr had been seen on the seventeenth, with three in Millcombe. 5 Chiffchaff had been counted on the fifteenth
with 4 on the nineteenth and twentieth. Two Goldcrest
are nonetheless being seen repeatedly in Millcombe.

Calm climate on the nineteenth inspired some passerine migration.
13 was the best rely of Skylark
all week. Starling had been additionally on the
transfer with totals of 485 on the seventeenth and 450 on the nineteenth. There was a giant
arrival of Blackbird on the nineteenth
with a minimum of 59 seen across the southern finish of the island. The very best counts
of Fieldfare and Redwing had been on the seventeenth with 34 and
229 respectively. A single Mistle Thrush was by Pointless Wall on the
14th and fifteenth.

There proceed to be occasional sightings of Black Redstart . Three had been recorded on the 14th, two on the fifteenth and a
single on the nineteenth. Three Pied Wagtail had been seen in Barton Subject on
the 14th with solely single flyovers on the 14th, fifteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth. Rock Pipits are beginning to be extra widespread within the fields on high of the island
because the tough climate forces them away from their common coastal feeding grounds.
On calmer days small numbers of Meadow
Pipits are seen flying south with 25
on the fifteenth and 22 on the nineteenth. An Olive-backed
was heard flying over the Stonecrusher on the 18th, if accepted
by the British Birds Rarity Committee, this may be the fifth file for

Chaffinch are
nonetheless passing by means of the island with over 150 counted on the 14th and sixteenth and
a excessive rely of 308 on the nineteenth. Brambling
had been often heard with passing Chaffinch
flocks together with three on the nineteenth, two on the 14th and singles on the fifteenth,
sixteenth and seventeenth. Different finches are much less widespread with two Linnet on the 14th and a Lesser
Redpoll on the twenty ninth. Ten Siskin on the 14th was the best
rely all week with three days with none information. 5 and 6 Goldfinch had been seen on the 14th and
fifteenth.  A feminine Reed Bunting was by Pointless wall on the fifteenth and sixteenth.

Reed Bunting, Pointless Wall © Stuart Cossey

In non-avian information, a Hummingbird
Hawk-moth was shooed out of the Store
on the 18th. And not using a frequent boat and fewer guests the Gray Seals within the Touchdown Bay are hauling out and sleeping all over, together with the Jetty!

Gray Seal, Jetty © Stuart Cossey

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Richard Ware, Sue Waterfield

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