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Tuesday, 28 June 2022

The wind was calm to start the week but picked up on Friday reaching up to 45mph. It was clear and warm up to the 22nd when it turned overcast with frequent showers.   

Mallards are still having young on the island with a new brood of nine ducklings seen by the Church Field ditch. Swifts were common this week with a high count of 29 seen screaming above the Village on the 23rd. An unexpected bird was seen on the 24th, a Quail was flushed by the path in South West Field. This small gamebird is only a bit bigger than a Skylark but spend the winter in Africa.

There was a noticeable movement of Grey Heron on the 21st. Four were seen flying west over Ilfracombe as the boat was boarded in the morning. Meanwhile three flew over the island and another two were seen flying over in the evening. Two Collared Dove were seen on the 22nd and the number of lost Racing Pigeons by Paradise Row increased from seven to 11 on the 25th.

Racing Pigeons, Paradise Row © Stuart Cossey

Most of the Swallows seen this week were the resident birds with the pair in the Church Porch now with small chicks. A single Sand Martin was seen on the 23rd. There is still no confirmed breeding from our Blackcap or Chiffchaff pairs, however there were at least two juvenile Whitethroat still by the Ugly on the 23rd.

A Rosy Starling was seen briefly by the Pig Sty on the 21st but did not hang around unlike the bird earlier in the month. Another island rarity at the Pig Sty was a male Yellowhammer on the 23rd. Some small finch passage was obvious on this week with a male Siskin present on the 23rd to the 25th. Five Goldfinches have been regularly seen feeding on the Thistles by the Water Tanks every morning in addition to the three families in Millcombe.

Goldfinch, Ackland's Moor © Stuart Cossey 

Away from the birds, a large influx of Hummingbird Hawk-moths was seen on the 22nd with at least six seen across the island. At one point there were four at once on the Valerian in Millcombe. A Minke Whale was seen during the crossing on the 23rd and numerous Common Dolphins were recorded during the outward crossing on the 21st. In sadder news a 4m long dead Risso’s Dolphin was washed up by the Jetty on the 23rd much to the interest of the visitors coming off the MS Oldenburg. 

Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey 

Risso's Dolphin, Landing Bay © Stuart Cossey

Contributors: S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait

Monday, 20 June 2022

13th to 19th June – Start of snorkel safaris

Winds were from the north and west this week with highs of 35mph on 18th and 19th. Heavy rain on the 18th and 19th. The rest of the week was bright and sunny with maximum temperatures of 21° on 16th and 17th..  

The number of Teal duckling on Pondsbury had dropped to two on the 15th. Swift are still moving in small numbers with 13 on the 13th, six on the 15th and eight in the 17th. A Water Rail was heard by Pondsbury on the 13th. A Grey Heron was seen on the 16th. The Kestrel pair are still being seen hovering and hunting across the island.

Hirundine passage is continuing in the hot summer weather with 35 Swallows, a Sand Martin and three House Martin recorded on the 13th. Only the six resident Swallows were then seen up to the 19th.

The male Chiffchaffs continue to sing across the island with one in Millcombe, St Helen’s Copse and the Terrace on the 15th. A Reed Warbler was singing in Millcombe on the 13th and the first juvenile Whitethroats were seen at the top of Millcombe by the Ugly.

Three broods of Goldfinch and Chaffinch are now being seen around Millcombe and the first Pied Wagtail chicks have been seen by the Pig Sty and Lambing Shed.

In non-avian news, the first snorkel safaris have started and there were a few rockpooling trips around Devil’s Kitchen during low tide. Species seen whilst snorkelling include Spider Crab, Compass Jellyfish and Grey Seals. In the rock pools were 5 species of crab including a Hermit Crab, some Cushion Stars and five Celtic Sea Slugs, which have only recently been discovered on Lundy. 

Celtic Sea Slug, Devil's Kitchen © Stuart Cossey

Cushion Star, Devil's Kitchen © Stuart Cossey 

Contributors: S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, J Dunning, L Paulson

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

6th to 12th June – A rose-coloured visitor

Moderate westerly winds for most of the week. Generally overcast with occasional rain showers. The average temperatures remained at around 15° each day. 

A single Mallard duckling is still around on Barton Pond, fingers crossed that it is now big enough to avoid most predators. Only four Teal ducklings were seen on Pondsbury this week. A second female was also seen and undertaking distraction displays, potential suggesting another brood is present. Two Canada Geese were seen on the 10th flying high west over Southwest Field.

A single Swift was seen over Millcombe on the 11th and a Cuckoo was flying around the south of the island, including Millcombe, Rocket Pole and Brick Field. Three Collared Doves were seen again on the 6th. The highest count of Woodpigeon for the month was six on the 11th.

Puffins are still very busy around the West Coast, particularly Jenny’s Cove, with most feeding chicks. Large numbers of Manx Shearwater have been seen off the Ugly in the evenings this week as they gather before coming into their burrows.

A Sparrowhawk was seen over the Village on the 7th and the male Kestrel has been seen all week going back and forth with food to the nest on the West Coast.

A recently fledged Carrion Crow was hopping on the floor in Millcombe. It was ringed and then placed back into the undergrowth under the watchful eye of the parents. A high count of 14 Ravens was seen on the 7th, this includes a number of juveniles that have now come around Barton Field to find food.

Singles of Sand Martin were seen on the 10th and 11th. Four House Martin were seen on the 6th with a single on the 9th and two on the 12th. Swallow numbers are starting to increase again as non-breeding and failed breeding adults are heading south. A total of 16 were logged on the 12th. The resident pairs have still not laid eggs but there are now potentially four different pairs present.

The odd migrant warbler is still turning up with a Willow Warbler heard on the 7th. There was a surprise find of breeding Sedge Warblers in Quarter Wall Copse on the 8th – a male was present along with two young birds calling. Blackcaps were singing in Millcombe and Quarter Wall Copse and at least two pairs of Whitethroat are busy with young in Millcombe. Three singing Chiffchaff were heard in suitable breeding habitat along the East Coast and Millcombe on the 9th.

The bird of the week was a Rosy Starling found by Richard and Rebecca Taylor by Old Light on the 6th. It was later seen in Barton Field and stuck around until the 8th. It was a stunning male in full pale pink plumage.

Rosy Starling, Barton Field © Stuart Cossey

Rosy Starling, Old Light © Stuart Cossey

Singles of Spotted Flycatcher were recorded on 6th,7th and 9th with two present on the 8th. The Wheatear breeding season has gone well with juveniles seen all along the West and East Coast as well as Ackland’s Moor. A single White Wagtail was recorded at the North End on the 7th and another by the Water Tanks on the 9th and 10th.

A Lesser Redpoll heard calling from the top of Millcombe on the 7th was the best finch of the week. Another brood of juvenile Goldfinch have fledged with a total of six seen in  Millcombe on the 8th.

Lesser Redpoll, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Thursday saw the departure of our volunteer Assistant Warden Laura Pirateque. She has been working hard the last few months monitoring our Puffins and other seabirds, as well as any other jobs we could find!

A ridiculously high count of 130 Painted Lady were recorded on the 6th with numbers dropping back to four and eight over the next two days. Also recorded on the 6th were five Hummingbird Hawk-moth and three Silver-Y. The moth trap the next morning was the best of the year so far with 31 species including Cinnabar, Brussels Lace, Chinese-character and the rare micro-moth Nothris congressariella which is only found on Lundy, Isles of Scilly and parts of Cornwall on its food plant, Balm-leaved Figwort. 

Nothris congressariella © Stuart Cossey

Marine life seen included a rare jellyfish Neoturris sp. which are usually found in the deep waters of the Atlantic. 

Neoturris sp., Landing Bay © Stuart Cossey

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

Monday, 6 June 2022

30th May to 5th June – Starting June with some much needed rain

Hot, calm and dry all week until strong easterly winds and rain arrived on Saturday and Sunday. Highest temperatures recorded was 18° on the 3rd June. 

May is generally considered the one of the best months of the year for migration on Lundy. This year 96 species were recorded with highlights including a Bluethroat, Wood Warbler, Osprey, Blue-headed Wagtail and the islands first Mandarin.

A small flock of four Shelduck were seen flying out of the Landing Bay as the MS Oldenburg arrived on the 2nd and then two were seen on the 3rd flying up the East Coast.

A Cuckoo was present on the island on the 30th. It was first seen on the wall by Old Light and then later flying over the Pig Stys being chased by a Peregrine before disappearing down over the East Side. Low numbers of Swift were recorded this week with three on the 2nd and one on the 4th. Three Collared Dove were seen together in Millcombe on the 5th, clearly arriving during strong easterlies on the 4th. Three Black-headed Gull were seen in the Landing Bay on the 4th.

Dunlin were the only notable waders to be seen this week with one on the 3rd and 5th and a small flock of six on during rain and strong winds on the 4th. One of the Oystercatcher pairs on Rat Island are now looking after two small chicks. They are now at their loudest, calling every time a gull or Crow come near.

The best bird of prey this week was a Honey Buzzard which flew north over Acklands Moor on the 2nd. It was also seen by visitors at Millcombe and the East Coast but identified as a pale Common Buzzard. The Kestrel pair are still busy feeding young and can be seen hovering over fields all over the south of the island.

It appears that three pairs of Swallow are nest building on the island at the moment, but we are still awaiting the first eggs. Small numbers of Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins have been passing through this week. Two Sand Martins were seen on the 30th and 2nd, with singles on 31st and 1st. The highest count of House Martins and Swallows was on the 1st, with four and 20 respectively.

A few late warblers joined the local breeders this week. Willow Warblers were recorded on the 31st, 1st, 2nd and 5th, whilst singing Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler were heard in Millcombe on the 3rd. A high count of six Chiffchaff on the 1st and 5th will likely include a few migrant birds as well as the singing males in Millcombe and St Helens Copse. A female Whitethroat was seen with food by the Ugly with another male still singing above St John’s Valley.

Two Spotted Flycatcher were seen on 31st, 1st and 2nd with singles on 3rd and 5th. A Black Redstart was seen by Old Light in the drizzle on the 5th. At least four broods of Robin have been recorded in Millcombe so far this year with the highest containing three chicks. Wheatear have also fledged their first chicks this week with young now obvious all along the West Coast.

Juvenile Wheatear, West Coast © Stuart Cossey

A Thrush Nightingale was seen on the West Coast in a wet flush beyond Jenny’s Cove on the 3rd. It was first seen at about 8m distance without binoculars showing clear streaking on the breast, it then flew revealing a rufous red tail in comparison to a darker grey brown back. This would be the second record for the island, if it is accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee. The first was ringed in Millcombe in September 1981.

Finches recorded this week include maximum counts of five adult and four juvenile Chaffinch on the 3rd and nine adult and three juvenile Goldfinches on the 5th. Linnet counts are still around 30+ within the Quarter Wall census area. Greenfinch were reported on the 1st and 5th and two Siskin were flying along the East Side on the 3rd.

The first Silver Y moths of the year were recorded on the 3rd as well as the first Meadow Brown. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was also present on the 3rd. The highlight of the moth traps this week was a Privet Hawk-moth on the night of the 1st. 

Painted Lady © Stuart Cossey

Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Millcombe © Zach Wait

Privet Hawk-moth, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

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

Monday, 30 May 2022

23rd to 29th May – Busy breeding birds

Overcast and cold at the start of the week, brightening by Friday when winds shifted from the west to the northeast.. The end of the week had clear skies and temperatures peaking at 15°. 

Even though there are few migrating birds, the island is very noisy at the moment with numerous hungry mouths to feed. In Millcombe Wrens, Blackbirds, Robins, Chaffinches and Dunnocks all have fledged chicks to feed. In the Gorse and fields the first young Linnets and Meadow Pipits have fledged. The loudest chicks are the Starlings which are calling from everywhere in the Village.

Juvenile Chaffinch, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Juvenile Starling, Village © Stuart Cossey

The two female Mallards in Barton Field have managed to keep their chicks for another week with broods of two and one on the 29th. Teal have also bred again this year on Pondsbury with a female and eight ducklings seen on the 28th.

A small passage of Swift was noted in the northeasterlies with two on the 28th and 12 on the 29th. The Collared Dove remains in Millcombe, often singing from the top of Millcombe Woods. A Cormorant flew north over the Battlements on the 28th before changing course and heading west over the island.

The warmer weather towards the end of the week was typical for migrating birds of prey and as expected an Osprey flew low over the East Coast on the 27th mobbed by the local gulls and Peregrine. A Hobby was seen heading north over Ackland’s Moor on the 28th and two Merlin were reported on the 27th. The Kestrel pair are doing well with the male often seen taking prey items back to the nest on the West Coast.

Small numbers of hirundines continue to migrate over the island. One Sand Martin was seen on the 23rd, two on the 26th and 27th and three on the 29th. House Martins were every day with a peak of eight on the 23rd and 27th. High counts of Swallows were 30 on the 27th and 36 on the 29th.

The majority of warblers on the island at the moment are the local breeding birds. A pair of Blackcap and at least three singing Whitethroats are in Millcombe. Willow Warbler were seen on 23rd to 25th and 28th and 29th including a few singing males. At least one Chiffchaff is singing in Millcombe with others seen along the East Coast.

A Golden Oriole was first seen on the 24th at the bottom of Smelly Gully before flying to St Helens Copse. It then gave some brief views in the Sycamores above Millcombe House on the 25th. The final sighting was on the 27th as it flew east down Millcombe Valley. It was identified as an immature male given its greener plumage.

Spotted Flycatchers were seen up to the 28th with a high count of six on the 26th. A male Black Redstart was seen on the 27th and 28th. A Yellow Wagtail was still in Barton Field on the 23rd and two males including a Blue-headed Wagtail were there on the 29th. Two White Wagtails were recorded on the 23rd and a single was present on the 27th.

Spotted Flycatcher, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

A group of ringers are currently on the island colour ringing our breeding Wheatear. This allows us to work out where they breed each year and how old they are without having to catch them. If you do see any colour ringed Wheatear please make a note of the sequence or take a photo and email assistantwarden@lundyisland.co.uk

Colour ringing Wheatear, West Coast © Rebecca Taylor

In non-avian news, a Wall Brown was seen on the 24th, along with five Painted Ladies and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.

Contributors: S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, J Dunning, P Holt, J Holt, C Clabburn, P Blabburn, S Long, R Taylor, M Port

Monday, 23 May 2022

16th to 22nd May – A quiet week which ended with an unlikely first for Lundy

Overcast for most of the week with multiple days with light rain. Max temperature of 17° on the 17th, average temperature was 13°. Light to moderate southwesterly winds all week. 

A maximum count of 11 Mallard ducklings were seen in multiple broods on the 16th and 19th, which reduced down to just four on the 22nd. Two Shelduck flew high west over Benjamin’s Chair on the 18th. This is the third record for the year after none since 3rd May 2018. The bird of the week was an unlikely visitor. A female Mandarin duck was first seen by visiting Devon birders on Christie's Quay and later on Rat Island by Stuart Cossey, Jamie Dunning and Paul Holt. This constitutes the first record for the island. Mandarin ducks are originally from China and Japan but escaped captivity in the UK and are now common in Southern England.

Female Mandarin duck, Rat Island © Stuart Cossey 

Swift were seen on three dates with four on the 16th, six on the 19th and one on the 20th.  Two different Cuckoo were recorded with a rufous brown individual on the Terrace on the 16th and another grey Cuckoo around Millcombe on the 20th. Collared Doves are still present with three by Big St. Johns on the 16th. A Collared Dove was ringed on the 20th in the Lodge Garden whilst trapping House Sparrows.

Some wader passage was logged with two Dunlin on Middle Park Pond on the 16th, a Curlew calling over the Landing Bay on the 17th and a Ringed Plover was heard over the Terrace on the 18th. Two Golden Plover were recorded both over the East Coast, one on the 16th and another on the 20th.

Dunlin, Middle Park Pond © Richard Campey

Paul St Pierre and Anthony Bellamy from the RSPB were on the island this week to make counts of the breeding gull populations. The counts were split over several days with some colonies doing well and others not. Large numbers of adult Herring Gulls have been gathering in the fields around the Village during the week with a maximum count of 460 on the 22nd. A 2nd year Common Gull was seen in the Landing Bay on the morning of the 16th before drifting north.

Moving on to seabirds, the highest count of Puffins of the year so far was made on the 20th with 340 counted around Jenny’s Cove and surroundings. A walk around the whole island on the 19th by visiting birders Tim Jones and Tim Davis produced counts of 6901 Guillemot, 2237 Razorbills, 327 Kittiwakes, 108 Shag and 272 Fulmar. Two Cormorants were seen on the 17th and 19th.

The Kestrels are still being recorded with the male and female seen on the 16th and one or the other seen the rest of the week. Excellent numbers of Hobby have been seen during the week, three were recorded on the 16th and one on the 17th. A female / immature Marsh Harrier was seen over Tibbets before heading high towards the West Coast. 

The resident Swallows have been seen regularly visiting the Church porch. A small camera has been set up to view the nest whilst on the island, though regular updates are being posted on the Lundy Island Facebook page. Other hirundines are still passing through with max counts on the 19th of nine Sand Martins 320 Swallows and 120 House Martins.

A Wood Warbler was still present on the 16th with one seen feeding in the Bracken on the Lower East Side. Small numbers of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff have been seen throughout the week with a number singing in Millcombe, St Helens Copse and Quarter Wall Copse. Four Willow Warblers on the 21st was the highest count of the week. The highest count of Chiffchaff was seven on the 19th. Sedge Warblers are also still arriving with two on the 16th and 17th, three on the 18th, six on the 19th and singles on the 20th and 21st. Two Reed Warbler were reported on the 16th and singles of Garden Warbler were seen on the 16th, 17th and 19th. Resident male Blackcap and Whitethroat have been heard singing in and around Millcombe. The male Blackcap has a particularly varying call which includes a few harsh phrases and mimicry which at times resembles the song of a Marsh Warbler!

Whitethroat, Millcombe © Richard Campey

Other migrants include a male Redstart on the 16th and 19th, a Black Redstart on the 21st and a female Whinchat on the 19th and 20th. Spotted Flycatchers have been recorded all week with high counts of 16 on the 16th and 20 on the 19th. A single Tree Pipit was reported on the 19th. Multiple Yellow Wagtails have been seen in Barton Field all week. Four on the 16th include three male Yellow Wagtails of the UK race flavissima and one Blue-headed flava Wagtail. Single Yellow Wagtails were seen on the 17th, 19th and 20th. On the 21st and 22nd two female flavissima and a new Blue-headed flava Wagtail were seen in Barton Field. Continental White Wagtails were recorded this week with singles on 16th and 22nd and two on 17th and 21st. Unfortunately, brief views of what was likely a Nightingale on the 20th were not enough to confirm the identification.

Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Field, 16th May © Richard Campey

Male Yellow Wagtail, Barton Field 16th May © Richard Campey

 Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Field 22nd May © Stuart Cossey

Signs of breeding include the first fledged Starlings, Blackbirds, Robins and Chaffinches. Multiple Stonechat pairs are now feeding fledged young and can be heard loudly ‘chacking’ as you walk past. The first Puffins have also been seen returning to burrows with fish, an excellent sign that the first chicks have hatched.

Starling with food, Barton Row © Richard Campey

Juvenile Stonechat, Brick Field © Richard Campey

In non-avian news a max count of 10 Painted Lady butterflies were counted on the 19th and 13 on the 20th. A Wall Brown was on the Upper East Side on the 21st. Brimestone, a scare Lundy species were seen on the 17th and 18th. Three Hummingbird Hawk-moth were reported on the 19th and a Striped Hawk-moth was reported on the 22nd. A Clouded Drab in the moth trap on the 18th was the first record for the island.

We also have a new arrival on the island with a foal born behind the Camping Field on the 20th. 

New foal, Bull's Paradise © Stuart Cossey

Contributors: S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, J Dunning, R Campey, T Davis, T Jones, P St Pierre, A Bellamy.

Monday, 16 May 2022

9th to 15th May – An excellent spring for breeding passerines and a brief Bluethroat

Another week with mostly beautiful warm and clear days. Some heavy rain on 10th. Moderate westerly wind for the first half of the week with a shift to the east on the 15th.

At least four broods of Mallards were seen this week with families on Pondsbury, Barton Ponds and Church Field gully. A male Teal was seen on Pondsbury on 11th and 15th and a female on the 14th. It has been an excellent week for Swifts with records every day. The highest count was 18 on the 11th. A male Cuckoo was heard on the 9th and another was seen flying over the East Side on the 15th. A male Collared Dove has been singing in Millcombe Valley all week, being briefly joined by a second bird on the 10th.

There was good variety in waders this week. Singles of Golden Plover were recorded on the 13th, 14th and 15th. Whimbrel were recorded on 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th and a Curlew was heard over Ackland’s Moor on the 13th. Last week’s Bar-tailed Godwit was last seen on the 9th in the rush at the west of High Street Field. Single Dunlin were seen on the 14th and 15th, a Common Sandpiper was in the Landing Bay on the 13th and a Purple Sandpiper was present at Brazen Ward at high afternoon tide on the 15th. The first ever May record of Woodcock was on the 13th as one was chased by a Peregrine over Pondsbury. Unfortunately the Peregrine was successful and it carried the Woodcock off towards the West Coast.

Bar-tailed Godwit, High Street Field © Stuart Cossey

Puffins are back along the West Coast in high numbers with a count of 258 around Jenny’s Cove and St Mark’s Cove on the 15th. There was a count of 61 Shag on the 15th and two and three Cormorants were reported on the 9th and 11th respectively. Paul St Pierre and Antony Bellamy of the RSPB are currently on the island undertaking a population census of the gull colonies. This is very important as many coastal gull colonies are declining.

Manx Shearwater, MS Oldenburg © Richard Campey

The pair of Kestrel are still being seen around the south end of the island and a high count of 10 Peregrine on the 15th suggests at least 5 pairs are present. A Merlin was seen on the 13th and 14th near Halfway Wall. Hobby were seen briefly as they flew over on the 11th and 15th. A Hooded Crow was in the Aerogenerator Field on the 12th.

Hooded Crow, Aerogenerator Field © Richard Campey

There have been several days of strong hirundines passage with totals on the 14th of 28 Sand Martins, 1000 Swallows and 200 House Martins. Another high count of Sand Martins was on the 10th with 32 counted.

Although numbers of warblers are dropping off there is still a good variety. Two Wood Warbler were present on the 15th with a male singing in Millcombe and another seen at the bottom of Gannet’s Combe. One or two Willow Warbler were seen on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th. Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler were singing in Millcombe every morning. High counts of six Chiffchaff were on the 13th and 14th and seven Sedge Warblers on the 14th. A Reed Warbler was seen on the 14th, Grasshopper Warblers were present on the 10th, 11th and 14th and three Garden Warblers were recorded with one on 13th and two on the 14th . Blackcaps and Whitethroats were seen every day with the highest counts on the 15th of five and seven respectively.  A female Goldcrest was present in Millcombe from the 9th to the 11th.

Wood Warbler, Millcombe © Richard Campey

It appears to be an excellent year for breeding Starlings. At the moment chicks are calling from nearly every wall and at least 60 nests have been noted around the Village. There are Stonechats breeding all across the island with at least 15 pairs noted. The first fledgling Blackbirds have been seen in Millcombe this week. It seems that the rat eradication was not only beneficial to the seabirds but also for many breeding landbirds.

Spotted Flycatchers have begun to arrive again after a quiet period between the 4th and 9th. Three were seen on the 10th and 11th, six on the 12th, seven on the 13th, eight on the 14th and 15 on the 15th. A female Redstart was recorded on the 13th and a female Whinchat was ringed on the 9th. Low numbers of Wheatear still seem to be heading north through the island with a high count of 35 seen on the 13th. 

Spotted Flycatcher, Millcombe © Richard Campey

Female Whinchat, Barton Field © Stuart Cossey

The best bird of the week was a female Bluethroat seen by Tim Davis and Tim Jones on the Lower East Side path below Gannet’s Combe. Flight views clearly showed the classic tail pattern and brief perched views allowed confirmation with a slight blue throat and strong white supercilium.

One Yellow Wagtail was heard on the 14th over the Lodge and then three were counted on the 15th including a Blue-headed Wagtail and male flavissima in Barton Field. Grey Wagtails were heard over the island on the 12th, 14th and 15th and two White Wagtails were seen from 10th to 13th with three on the 14th and one on the 15th. A Tree Pipit was in Millcombe on the 10th and then two were seen in Millcombe on the 12th.

Yellow Wagtail, Barton Field © Richard Campey

Blue-headed Wagtail, Barton Field © Richard Campey

Tree Pipit, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

Numbers of Linnet are still high for the time of year with a flock of 70+ being seen in Barton Field on the evenings of 13th to 15th. A Hawfinch was in Millcombe Valley on the 13th and Lesser Redpoll were seen in Millcombe on the 12th and 13th.

In non-avian news, other than the usual butterflies, a Painted Lady was seen on the 15th, Peacock on the 12th and Brimstone on the 9th. The first Small Heaths were recorded on the 12th. The first Green Tiger Beetles of the year were seen on the 15th along the West Coast. Highlights from the moth trap include Galium Carpet (first island record), Small Angle Shades and Pale Tussock as well as numerous Marbled Coronet.

Contributors: S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, R Duncan, D Kiatley, J Dunning, R Campey, T Davis, T Jones, P St Pierre, A Bellamy, K Dobie, J Boyle.