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

Sturdy easterly winds on Tuesday. Dry with gentle
winds from the north for the rest of the week.

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

Frequent Swift © Tom Wright

A number of
waders proceed to move by means of the island. A Lapwing was seen over Lighthouse Area on the seventeenth. Three Golden Plover had been seen on the twelfth and fifteenth with one ‘lamped’ and ringed
within the night. Single Golden Plover had 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 had been recorded daily this
week with two birds on thirteenth and fifteenth and the remainder single birds. Snipe had been additionally recorded daily 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
had 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 Fortress on Lundy simply 2 hours later. Three Sparrowhawks had been recorded on the fifteenth and not less than one has been
seen daily this week, normally looking 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 had been counted on the 14th and seventeenth respectively. Excessive counts of 30 Sand Martins and 20 Home Martin had been seen on the thirteenth with a lot
decrease numbers the remainder of the week.

Swallows, Black Shed © Stuart Cossey

A giant 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 are actually transferring by means of in
bigger numbers with two on the 14th and one on the fifteenth. A Track Thrush was seen on
the sixteenth. Three Wryneck had 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 Road 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 had been counted on the 14th
with 11 on the fifteenth. 4 had been recorded on the sixteenth and three within the seventeenth. Pied Flycatcher had 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
had been seen on the 14th, 4 on the twelfth , two on the fifteenth and one on the thirteenth
and sixteenth. A powerful 63 Wheatear,
largely Greenland race, had 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 had been recorded on the
twelfth and 14th with singles on the thirteenth, fifteenth and 18th. Two flyover Gray Wagtails had 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 had been counted transferring over the island on the 14th.

migration is slowly beginning to choose 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 major roles
shall be finishing the morning chicken census and monitoring the Gray Seal pups.
Regardless of not arriving on the thirteenth because of tough circumstances within the Touchdown Bay,
they did get pleasure from views of Arctic Skua and Osprey on the crossing.

Tom and Angus making an attempt to get to Lundy. So shut but up to now…

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



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