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twenty ninth August to 4th September – A busy week for migration and the earliest ever autumn Ring Ouzel

Sturdy winds from the north and east to start out
the week, although normally calming within the afternoons. A relaxed day on Friday earlier than
a weekend of robust southwesterlies and in a single day rain.

T

he highest
depend of Mallard was 19 on the twenty ninth break up between Pondsbury and Barton Pond. A
feminine Teal was on Pondsbury on the 4th, the primary because the tenth August.

A couple of
waders are nonetheless being seen, with the spotlight being a Wood Sandpiper calling
within the Touchdown Bay on the thirtieth. A Lapwing was seen in Barton Discipline on the twenty ninth
and a Curlew flew previous South West Level on the thirty first. A flock of seven Ringed
Plover
had been picked up over South West Discipline on the 2nd and a single was heard
on the twenty ninth. Dunlin had been current on the thirty first and 2nd and Snipe at the moment are common
by Pondsbury and the Water Tanks. A Widespread Sandpiper was seen close to Miller’s
Cake on the East Coast on the thirty first. A single Inexperienced Sandpiper was on Pondsbury
on the twenty ninth and two had been additionally there on the thirty first. Single Redshank had been heard in
the Touchdown Bay on the thirtieth after which by South West Level on the thirty first. Two
Turnstone had been recorded previous South West Level on the thirty first and two extra flew over
Millcombe calling on the 4th.

Inexperienced Sandpiper, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey

In addition to
waders seen throughout a seawatch from South West Level on the thirty first, there have been
additionally some extra unusual species together with two Black-headed Gulls, one juvenile
Widespread Gull and an grownup Mediterranean Gull. One other Black-headed Gull was seen
off the East Facet within the afternoon of the thirty first. Different species seen embody a
single Guillemot and 45 Gannets. Attributable to robust easterly winds on the thirtieth, the
Oldenburg accomplished a around the island journey ready for calmer circumstances in
the Touchdown Bay. A customer reported an Arctic Skua seen near the boat because it
handed South West Level.

Two Gray
Heron
had been seen on the thirtieth, one flew previous Benjamin’s Chair and the opposite flew
off Rocket Pole Pond. The female and male Sparrowhawk are nonetheless current as are
the household of Kestrels. A Widespread Buzzard flew over the Village throughout the Lundy
Olympics on the twenty ninth and an Osprey was photographed flying previous Gannet’s Rock
on the 2nd.

Osprey, Gannet’s Rock © Zach Wait

Swallows
are steadily heading south with the very best day by day depend of 67 on the 2nd. Surprisingly, two pairs of Swallows are nonetheless feeding giant younger within the Casbah and Church Porch. Sand
Martins
had been recorded on three dates, one on the thirty first, eight on the first and
then one big flock of 70 behind the church on the 2nd. Two Home Martin had been
seen on the first.

A small
variety of Willow Warbler had been seen most days, other than the 2nd when calm
winds introduced 115 to the island. A Chiffchaff was seen on the thirty first. Single Sedge
Warblers
had been seen on the twenty ninth and thirtieth, with 4 current on the 2nd. A Reed
Warbler
was seen within the Willows under Authorities on the 2nd. Grasshopper
Warblers
had been recorded on the twenty ninth and 2nd. A Backyard Warbler was seen on the
thirty first and single Blackcap had been recorded on the thirty first, third and 4th. 5 Blackcap
had been seen on the 2nd. Single Whitethroat had been current on the thirtieth, thirty first and 1st
with 4 on the 2nd. The primary Firecrest of autumn was seen at Rüppels Quarry
on the twenty ninth. Two extra had been current in Millcombe Pines on the thirty first and the 4th. Goldcrest
had been seen on the thirty first to the third with a excessive depend of three on the 2nd.

Firecrest, Ruppel’s Quarry © Stuart Cossey

The
earliest ever autumn Ring Ouzel was in VC Quarry on the 2nd 12 days earlier
than the earlier document of fifteenth September 2017. Feminine Redstart had been seen
round Millcombe on the thirty first and 2nd . A younger male Redstart current at Stoneycroft on
the 2nd was additionally seen there on the 4th. Whinchat had been widespread with three seen on
the twenty ninth, 2nd and 4th. Two had been seen on the thirty first and singles on the thirtieth and
1st. The best depend of Wheatear was 9 on the twenty ninth with some extra apparent
Greenland race birds current. Ten Noticed Flycatchers on the 2nd was the
highest complete. 5 had been seen on the twenty ninth, seven on the thirtieth, three on the thirty first
and one on the first. Pied Flycatchers had been naturally much less widespread with 4 on
the twenty ninth, three on the thirty first, one on the first and three (together with two ringed) on
the 2nd.

Noticed Flycatcher, The Terrace © Stuart Cossey
Widespread Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey
1st 12 months male Widespread Redstart, Stoneycroft © Stuart Cossey

Many pipits
and wagtails had been recorded flying over the island. The primary two Yellow Wagtails
of autumn flew over South West Discipline on the 2nd and a Gray Wagtail flew over on
the first. The best counts of flyover Pied / White Wagtails had been 19 on the thirty first,
21 on the first and 18 on the 2nd. Three White Wagtails had been confirmed on the
thirty first. Single Tree Pipits had been heard flying over on the twenty ninth, thirtieth, 1st and third.
A complete of ten had been heard, largely over Millcombe, within the 2nd. There have nonetheless
not been big numbers of Meadow Pipits, the very best counts being round 30
birds in flocks of as much as 20. Giant flocks of Linnet have been seen throughout the
heathland, with a complete of 212 seen on the twenty ninth and 125 on the 2nd. Two Lesser
Redpoll
had been heard with the Goldfinches in Millcombe on the third.

In non-avian
information, Hummingbird Hawk-moths had been seen on the twenty ninth, thirty first and 2nd. A variety of
migrant moths have been recorded this week together with Rush Veneer, Darkish-sword
Grass
, Turnip moth, Pearly Underwing, Pale Mottled Willow, Silver Y and two new
for the island, Archer’s Dart and Feathered Gothic. The latter was not within the
moth entice however photographed by Alice the Tavern Supervisor on the bar of the
Marisco. A big Bottlenose Dolphin was off the East Coast on the thirty first and a
small pod of Harbour Porpoise on the first.

Feathered Gothic, Marisco Tavern © Alice Waterfield

Contributors:
S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait

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