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fifteenth to twenty first August – Gradual however regular migration

Gentle with winds from the southwest. Many days
have been overcast or with durations of rain and low cloud.

Waders proceed
to be seen or heard across the island. Ringed Plover and Whimbrel have been recorded
on 4 dates this week. There was a max depend of three Ringed Plover on the
sixteenth, two flew over South West Subject and one other was seen over the Airstrip. A Black-tailed Godwit was seen flying over Midway Wall with 4
Whimbrel on the twenty first. A Curlew was current on the sixteenth and was
calling across the Village for many of the morning earlier than heading west. Single Dunlin
have been recorded on the fifteenth, seventeenth and twenty first. Snipe on the sixteenth and twenty first and two
Widespread Sandpiper on the 18th. A Redshank was additionally heard calling over Ackland’s
Moor on the fifteenth. 

Dunlin, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey

A
Black-headed Gull was seen sheltering by Rat Island on the sixteenth and a juvenile
Yellow-legged Gull was feeding in Tillage Subject with a big flock of gulls on
the seventeenth. A single Cormorant flew previous the Touchdown Bay on the sixteenth and three
flew over the West Coast on the nineteenth. The Sparrowhawk first seen on the twelfth
was joined by a second on the seventeenth with a female and male have been seen preventing in
Millcombe Woods on the nineteenth. Occasional small flocks of Swallows are being seen
shifting south with 14 recorded on the seventeenth and 23 on the nineteenth. No Sand or Home
Martins have been famous this week.

Willow Warblers
proceed to be seen, largely inside Millcombe Valley. A max depend of 38 have been
seen on the seventeenth with solely two and three seen on the twentieth and twenty first
respectively. A Chiffchaff was seen on the twenty first and the primary Goldcrest of
autumn was in Millcombe Pines on the fifteenth. Sedge Warblers have been recorded on 4
days, although largely being seen round Pondsbury. Whitethroat have been extra frequent
with a max depend of six on the nineteenth. Singles have been seen on the fifteenth, sixteenth and
twentieth with two on the seventeenth. Blackcap have been seen on the seventeenth and twenty first.

Pied and
Noticed Flycatchers have been seen most days with 5 Noticed Flycatchers on the
nineteenth. Three Pied Flycatchers have been current on the 18th, two on the fifteenth and
singles on the seventeenth, nineteenth and twenty first. Numbers of Wheatear are dropping off with
the primary black day on the sixteenth – the primary since April. There have been
occasional days of Tree Pipit migration with two heard on the fifteenth, one on the
seventeenth and 11 on the 18th. The numbers of Meadow Pipit have additionally picked up with
63 on the twenty first, together with two flocks of 20+.

Linnet and
Goldfinch numbers fluctuate with 93 Linnets recorded on the fifteenth and 104 on the
sixteenth. Solely 5 Linnets have been heard or seen on the twenty first. Goldfinch numbers
peaked at 25 on the seventeenth and 21 on the fifteenth. In direction of the tip of the week 9
have been usually seen round Millcombe.

Linnets, Outdated Gentle Observe © Stuart Cossey 

In
non-avian information, seven Harbour Porpoise, together with two calves, have been seen from
Benjamin’s Chair on the 18th. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen on the twenty first and
a Convolvulus Hawk-moth -on the nineteenth. 38 species of moth have been trapped on the
sixteenth together with a brand new species for the island, Indirect Carpet. There have been additionally a
few migrant moths equivalent to Bordered Straw and Rush Veneer. On the nineteenth a Canary-shouldered Thorn was trapped, the one confirmed file since 1907!

Canary-shouldered Thorn, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey
Bordered Straw, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey
Indirect Carpet, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Contributors:
S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, T and A Taylor, J Coomes, A McCarthy

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