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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

News from 7th June – Singing male Common Rosefinch

Tim Davis and Tim Jones arrived on the island for a short stay and reported a singing male Common Rosefinch in Millcombe (albeit a brown, presumed first-summer, bird with no red plumage) as well as a singing male Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher. There were 7 Collared Doves in the village and Millcombe. On Pondsbury there were two females and a single male Teal with four ducklings, whilst a pair of Oystercatchers tended to their two well-grown chicks on the northern side of Rat Island. Richard Taylor reported a Yellow Wagtail in flight at the Rocket Pole.
Migrant Lepidoptera included lots of Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, Silver Ys and Diamond-backed Moths.

Below is a record shot of the Rosefinch feeding on Commmon Sorrel from the fence forming one of the tree-planting enclosures below Government House in upper Millcombe. (Apologies for the poor quality but hand held and taken over an enormous distance in very harsh light; note that the silvery flash at the base of the leg is an optical illusion, not a metal ring – Tim J).

Common Rosefinch feeding on sorrel, Millcombe, 7 Jun 2016 © Tim Jones

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