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seventeenth to twenty third Jan – Extra gentle climate


Stuart
Cossey reports on the final week of island shut down.

17th
January

Slightly overcast but mild and calm.

Two Oystercatchers were seen in the Landing
Bay whilst waiting for the arrival of a stores delivery on the Goliath.  A small flock of 14 Redwings were in Millcombe with a further 8 in Barton Field. A Pied Wagtail was by the Pig Sty and seven Linnets
were heard flying over during the day.

 

Pied Wagtail, Brick Field © Stuart Cossey

18th
January

Overcast and cold with a moderate wind from
the south.

The morning
census in the area below Quarter Wall was quiet with the highlight being two Peregrine calling over Benjamin’s
Chair. A large feeding flock was off the East Coast in the afternoon with
approximately 2,000 Kittiwakes, 150 Auk sp. and 40 Gannets.

19th
January

Fog to start but bright sunshine by 10am. A
moderate wind from the north.

A Merlin was seen chasing a Skylark off the Battlements first thing.
Eventually the Skylark managed to evade capture and dropped into cover. Another Skylark was seen by Old Light. A Woodpigeon was heard singing in
Millcombe and a Collared Dove, the first winter record since
2000, was with the Starlings in the
Farmyard.

 

Skylark, Lighthouse Field © Stuart Cossey
Collared Dove, Farmyard © Stuart Cossey

20th
January

Overcast with a 15mph wind from the north.

A quiet day
with a eight Fulmar noted roosting
on Shutter Point, possibly a new nesting site for this species.

21st
January

Foggy start though clearing in the afternoon.

A few new
arrivals were noted today with a female Bullfinch
in Millcombe Valley and a Fieldfare
in Lower Aerogenerator Field. Further up island, three Reed Bunting were in the
Gorse south of Pondsbury. Hopefully this group of a male and two females will
stay and breed.

22nd
January

A light northerly wind.

A morning
seawatch produced good numbers of common species off the East Coast. 2,000 Auks, 1,000 Kittiwakes, 90 Gannets
and 40 Shags were seen. A small pod
of three Harbour Porpoise were also seen hunting in the
same area.

 

Feeding flock off East Coast © Stuart Cossey

 

Other
species of note include a Stock Dove by Quarter Wall and a Ringed Plover was heard calling over the Village. The Fieldfare was still present in Aerogenerator Field.

23rd
January

Light southeasterly wind with some cloud.

Quiet again
with a Golden Plover in Lighthouse Field the only bird of note.

 

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