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Monday 28 February 2022

14th February to 20th February – Three storms in one week

High winds all week with maximum gusts of 86mph.

With warnings of high winds all islanders were requested to stay indoors to avoid any flying debris during Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. There are a few limited sightings from this week. Snipe were recorded on the 14th, 15th and 17th with a Jack Snipe recorded by Rocket Pole on the 17th. A Merlin was seen on the 14th to the 17th. In Millcombe there were three Chiffchaff and two Goldfinches on the 15th, a Siskin on the 17th. Out to sea a Red-throated Diver was in the Landing Bay in the 17th and at least one Great Northern Diver was present all week with a maximum count of three on the 19th.

There was one storm blown rarity with visiting birder Martin Thorne seeing a 2nd calendar year Iceland Gull on Ackland’s Moor.

Contributors: Rosie Ellis, M Thorne, N Trout

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