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4th to tenth July – Feeling sizzling

It has been clear, calm and dry all week
with temperatures regularly over 20° and little wind. The highest temperature
was 23.4° on the 10th.

A total of
21 Mallard were counted on the 8th, the highest count of the year not including
young ducklings. Swift have been a regular occurrence all week with a the
highest count on the 9th with nine seen in two groups. A Collared Dove was
recorded on the 8th and the number of Woodpigeon on the island has increased to
six on the 9th

A few waders
were seen passing through this week. A Curlew flew over the village on the 8th.
Also on the 8th was the islands 130th species for the year, a Redshank on

Black-headed Gulls off Benjamin’s Chair on the 9th were the best of any
seawatching. Cormorants were logged on the 5th with two over South West Field
and another on the 8th. Five Grey Heron were seen over the East Coast on the

The Kestrels
have now left the Old Light slopes and are exploring the island with sightings
from the North End, Quarries, West Coast and Castle Hill. Young Peregrines continue
to be noisy all along the coast. A Rook was seen flying south over the Landing Bay
on the 10th.

The Swallows
in the Church have five big chicks whilst the pairs by Old House North and the
Gas Store are still on eggs.

Swallow chicks, Church ©
Stuart Cossey 

A Willow
was seen in Millcombe on the 8th along with a Whitethroat. A Spotted
was below Brambles Villa on the 8th. Young Wheatears continue to
move south with 17 recorded during the morning transect below Quarter Wall on
the 9th. A
Grey Wagtail was reported on the 5th. Linnet numbers continue to
grow with 104 counted on the 6th and 101 on the 9th.

In other two
new micro moths for the island were recorded this week including European Corn-borer
Ostrinia nubilalis and Red-barred
Ditula angustiorana.

Red-barred Tortrix © Stuart Cossey

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, T Thompson.

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