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HomeBirdsixth to twelfth June – A rose-coloured customer

sixth to twelfth June – A rose-coloured customer


Average westerly winds for many of the
week. Typically overcast with occasional rain showers. The common temperatures
remained at round 15° every day.
 

A single
Mallard duckling continues to be round on Barton Pond, fingers crossed that it’s now
sufficiently big to keep away from most predators. Solely 4 Teal ducklings had been seen on
Pondsbury this week. A second feminine was additionally seen and enterprise distraction
shows, potential suggesting one other brood is current. Two Canada Geese had been
seen on the tenth flying excessive west over Southwest Area.

A single
Swift was seen over Millcombe on the eleventh and a Cuckoo was flying across the
south of the island, together with Millcombe, Rocket Pole and Brick Area. Three
Collared Doves had been seen once more on the sixth. The very best rely of Woodpigeon for
the month was six on the eleventh.

Puffins are
nonetheless very busy across the West Coast, significantly Jenny’s Cove, with most
feeding chicks. Massive numbers of Manx Shearwater have been seen off the Ugly in
the evenings this week as they collect earlier than coming into their burrows.

A
Sparrowhawk was seen over the Village on the seventh and the male Kestrel has been
seen all week going backwards and forwards with meals to the nest on the West Coast.

A just lately
fledged Carrion Crow was hopping on the ground in Millcombe. It was ringed and
then positioned again into the undergrowth beneath the watchful eye of the mother and father. A
excessive rely of 14 Ravens was seen on the seventh, this consists of plenty of
juveniles which have now come round Barton Area to seek out meals.

Singles of
Sand Martin had been seen on the tenth and eleventh. 4 Home Martin had been seen on the
sixth with a single on the ninth and two on the twelfth. Swallow numbers are beginning
to extend once more as non-breeding and failed breeding adults are heading south.
A complete of 16 had been logged on the twelfth. The resident pairs have nonetheless not laid
eggs however there at the moment are probably 4 totally different pairs current.

The odd migrant
warbler continues to be turning up with a Willow Warbler heard on the seventh. There was a
shock discover of breeding Sedge Warblers in Quarter Wall Copse on the eighth – a male
was current together with two younger birds calling. Blackcaps had been singing in
Millcombe and Quarter Wall Copse and a minimum of two pairs of Whitethroat are busy
with younger in Millcombe. Three singing Chiffchaff had been heard in appropriate
breeding habitat alongside the East Coast and Millcombe on the ninth.

The fowl of
the week was a Rosy Starling discovered by Richard and Rebecca Taylor by Outdated Gentle
on the sixth. It was later seen in Barton Area and caught round till the eighth.
It was a shocking male in full pale pink plumage.

Rosy Starling, Barton Area © Stuart Cossey
Rosy Starling, Outdated Gentle © Stuart Cossey

Singles of
Noticed Flycatcher had been recorded on sixth,seventh and ninth with two current on the
eighth. The Wheatear breeding season has gone properly with juveniles seen all alongside
the West and East Coast in addition to Ackland’s Moor. A single White Wagtail was
recorded on the North Finish on the seventh and one other by the Water Tanks on the ninth
and tenth.

A Lesser
Redpoll
heard calling from the highest of Millcombe on the seventh was one of the best finch
of the week. One other brood of juvenile Goldfinch have fledged with a complete of
six seen in  Millcombe on the eighth.

Lesser Redpoll, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Thursday noticed
the departure of our volunteer Assistant Warden Laura Pirateque. She has been
working onerous the previous couple of months monitoring our Puffins and different seabirds, as
properly as some other jobs we might discover!

A ridiculously excessive rely of 130 Painted Girl had been recorded on the sixth with numbers dropping again to 4 and eight over the following two days. Additionally recorded on the sixth had been 5 Hummingbird Hawk-moth and three Silver-Y. The moth lure the following morning was one of the best of the yr thus far with 31 species together with Cinnabar, Brussels Lace, Chinese language-character and the uncommon micro-moth Nothris congressariella which is just discovered on Lundy, Isles of Scilly and components of Cornwall on its meals plant, Balm-leaved Figwort. 

Nothris congressariella © Stuart Cossey

Marine life seen included a uncommon jellyfish Neoturris sp. that are often discovered within the deep waters of the Atlantic. 

Neoturris sp., Touchdown Bay © Stuart Cossey

Contributors:
S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, J Dunning, R Taylor, R Taylor, C
Baillie, S Waterfield

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