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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

twelfth to 18th September – A busy week on the island together with three Wrynecks

Robust easterly winds on Tuesday. Dry with mild
winds from the north for the rest of the week.

Teal have been seen sporadically by the
week with information of 1 on the thirteenth and seventeenth. Single Frequent Swift have been recorded on the fifteenth and seventeenth.

Frequent Swift © Tom Wright

Just a few
waders proceed to go by the island. A Lapwing was seen over Lighthouse Area on the seventeenth. Three Golden Plover have been seen on the twelfth and fifteenth with one ‘lamped’ and ringed
within the night. Single Golden Plover have been heard on the sixteenth and seventeenth.
Ringed Plover flew over on the twelfth, thirteenth and fifteenth and a Curlew was seen on the seventeenth. Dunlin have been recorded day by day this
week with two birds on thirteenth and fifteenth and the remaining single birds. Snipe have been additionally recorded day by day this
week with a max rely of 5 on the seventeenth.

An Arctic Skua was seen flying over the
island at Quarter Wall on the fifteenth. Seven Cormorant
have been logged on the thirteenth with a single additionally seen on the seventeenth. A Gray Heron was recorded on the 14th.

A Quick-eared Owl was flushed from by the
Stonecrusher after which seen low over South West Area earlier than heading south by
Benjamin’s Chair. On the thirteenth, an Osprey
recorded heading south over Pennard Cliffs on the Gower at 10:30 was seen by
the Fort on Lundy simply 2 hours later. Three Sparrowhawks have been recorded on the fifteenth and a minimum of one has been
seen day by day this week, normally searching round Millcombe and the Village. A Merlin was seen on the 14th and the
Kestrels are additionally nonetheless current.

Quick-eared Owl, South West Area © Stuart Cossey
Osprey, MS Oldenburg © Tom Wright


There has
been a noticeable improve in Skylark
migration with excessive counts of eight on the twelfth and 14th, together with birds heard
flying south. Hirundine passage has additionally peaked with excessive counts of 500 Swallows battling into the easterly
winds on the thirteenth with 80 then roosting within the Black Shed in a single day. At the very least
300 and 200 have been counted on the 14th and seventeenth respectively. Excessive counts of 30 Sand Martins and 20 Home Martin have been seen on the thirteenth with a lot
decrease numbers the remainder of the week.

Swallows, Black Shed © Stuart Cossey

An enormous fall
of warblers occurred on the 14th with a slight northerly wind following the
robust easterly wind. Counts included 30 Willow
Warblers, 45 Chiffchaff, 200 Blackcaps,
4 Backyard Warblers, one Sedge Warbler, two Grasshopper Warblers, 30
Whitethroat, 10 Goldcrests, a Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler.  The variety of Blackcaps remained excessive for the remainder of the week with 33 on the
fifteenth, 29 on the sixteenth and 34 on the seventeenth. A Lesser
Whitethroat was seen on the fifteenth. One other
was seen on the Terrace on the 18th.

A juvenile Rosy Starling was first seen roosting within the Black Shed with
the native Starlings on the fifteenth. It was then seen across the Village and on the
Church Tower on the remainder of the week. Ring
Ouzel at the moment are transferring by in
bigger numbers with two on the 14th and one on the fifteenth. A Track Thrush was seen on
the sixteenth. Three Wryneck have been seen this week. The primary was on the Terrace
on the twelfth, one other seen by Pondsbury on the 14th and the third was in Smelly
Gully on the 18th. A Treecreeper was ringed in Millcombe on the seventeenth and seen once more on the 18th.

Rosy Starling, Excessive Avenue Area © Tom Wright
Ring Ouzel, Terrace © Paul Dean
Wryneck, Terrace © Stuart Cossey
Wryneck, Pondsbury © Tom Wright
Wryneck, Millcombe© Tom Wright

A excessive
rely of 20 Noticed Flycatcher have been counted on the 14th
with 11 on the fifteenth. 4 have been recorded on the sixteenth and three within the seventeenth. Pied Flycatcher have been seen in decrease numbers with 4 on the twelfth, two on
the 18th and singles on the 14th and fifteenth. A Frequent Redstart was seen
on the twelfth. A excessive rely of 12 Whinchat
have been seen on the 14th, 4 on the twelfth , two on the fifteenth and one on the thirteenth
and sixteenth. A formidable 63 Wheatear,
principally Greenland race, have been counted on the 14th with round 20 seen the remainder of
the week.

Pied Flycatcher, Millcombe © Paul Dean

and pipits proceed to be recorded flying over within the mornings. Two Yellow Wagtails have been recorded on the
twelfth and 14th with singles on the thirteenth, fifteenth and 18th. Two flyover Gray Wagtails have been heard on the twelfth,
14th, fifteenth and sixteenth.  A excessive rely of 16 Pied/White Wagtails flew over on the
fifteenth. Three Tree Pipits flew over on the 18th, two on
the 14th and fifteenth and ones on the twelfth and sixteenth. A excessive rely of 140 Meadow Pipits have been counted transferring over the island on the 14th.

migration is slowly beginning to decide up with 4 Chaffinches heard flying south over Millcombe on the 18th, a part of
eight seen. A single Lesser Redpoll was additionally heard over Millcombe
on the 18th. An Ortolan
was briefly seen with Linnets on the Stonecrusher earlier than
flying northwest and never seen once more.

This week
we welcomed two new volunteers, Tom Wright and Angus Croudace. Their primary roles
might be finishing the morning chook census and monitoring the Gray Seal pups.
Regardless of not arriving on the thirteenth resulting from tough situations within the Touchdown Bay,
they did take pleasure in views of Arctic Skua and Osprey on the crossing.

Tom and Angus making an attempt to get to Lundy. So shut but to this point…

Contributors: S Cossey, R
Ellis, C Dee, B Rousseau, P Dean, T Wright, A Croudace

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