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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

twentieth to twenty sixth February –Chilly climate returns

Reasonable westerlies on
twentieth introduced extra low cloud and poor visibility. This become chilly northerlies
and easterlies for the top of the week.

A max rely of 4 male and 13 feminine Mallards had been counted
throughout the island on twenty sixth. 9 Teal had been nonetheless on Pondsbury on twenty sixth. A male
Woodpigeon was ‘singing’ in Millcombe on twenty fifth and two had been then flushed out of
the pines.  Three Golden Plover flew over
on twenty first and one other on the twenty fifth. Woodcock had been seen alongside the East Facet and
Millcombe on twenty first, twenty second and twenty sixth. Two Snipe had been seen on twenty fifth and twenty sixth.

Golden Plover, Ackland’s Moor © Stuart Cossey

It was good climate for seawatching. Three Nice Northern
Diver had been within the Touchdown Bay on twenty first and two on twenty second. Additionally on twenty second a Crimson-throated
Diver flew north previous the East Coast. 24 Gannets flew previous the West Coast on
twenty second and 41 had been counted on twenty fifth.

The overwintering Sparrowhawk and Merlin are nonetheless current.
As much as 4 Peregrine have been counted together with a daily pair calling over
the Village.

Skylark are sometimes singing however numbers are nonetheless low in contrast
to 2022. The primary Chiffchaff of the yr was heard calling within the Authorities Willows
on twenty second after which seen feeding with Goldcrest within the spruce above Millcombe.
One other or the identical fowl was calling in Millcombe on twenty sixth. A Mistle Thrush was
recorded on twenty first. Two Redwing had been seen on twenty second with one nonetheless on twenty third. There was a notable arrival of Stonechat on twenty fifth with 9
current inside the census space. A Gray Wagtail flew over the Village and landed
on the Barn on twenty fourth. A Pied Wagtail has been seen across the Village on twentieth,
twenty first and twenty fifth. Meadow Pipits are additionally on the transfer with excessive counts of 37 on
twenty first and 65 on twenty fourth. Finch numbers are nonetheless low with the overwintering
Chaffinch nonetheless and solely single figures of Linnet passing via.

Skylark, Quarter Wall  © Stuart Cossey
Meadow Pipit, Benjamin’s Chair © Stuart Cossey
Male Stonechat, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey

This week we mentioned farewell to our short-term volunteer Eleanor. In addition to serving to out with the morning census, her principal function was engaged on digitising a whole lot of the historic knowledge in an effort to shield the essential data.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Rosie Ellis, Eleanor Grover

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