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twenty eighth February to sixth March – Meadow Pipits continued…


28
February

Low cloud and rain all day with some clearer
spells in the afternoon.

As has been
expected this year, another helicopter changeover was delayed by low cloud. The
consistent light rain only slightly slowed the Meadow Pipit migration with 40 recorded across the island. A total
of eight Teal were on Pondsbury, 13 Chaffinch and a Greenfinch were in Millcombe.

Singing in the rain. Robin, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

1 March

Clear with moderate winds from the
southeast.

A Merlin was seen hunting Starlings across Tillage Field. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the north
of Brick Field whilst working to install new fences.  Meadow
Pipit
numbers are still high with 44 counted today. A single Linnet was also heard heading north.

2 March

Wet and overcast in the morning but clearing
in the afternoon. Winds continuing from the southeast.

Another wet
morning census with two Redwing in
the top of Millcombe Valley the highlight. The clouds cleared in the afternoon
for a guided walk with a Goldfinch
singing in Millcombe, Kestrel seen over
the East Side and three Woodpigeon
above St Helen’s Copse. There are still Meadow
Pipits heading north with 32
recorded.

3 March

Cold and overcast with strong winds from the
northeast.

After a week
without being seen a Great Northern
Diver
was fishing in the Landing Bay this morning. A visitor also recorded
a Gannet off North Light. The three Woodpigeon were seen feeding in
Barton’s Field. Ten Skylark were
recorded with many singing and likely holding territory. A total of 60 Meadow Pipits were seen heading north today. Pied Wagtails and Linnets were also on the move with five
of each recorded across the island.

Meadow Pipit, St John’s Valley © Stuart Cossey

4 March

Clear with some light rain. Wind from the
north.

Meadow Pipits are still migrating over
the island in good numbers with 46 recorded. A 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull was
seen with 116 Herring Gulls and four Lesser Black-backed Gulls
in Tillage Field in the afternoon. Five Oystercatcher
pairs are now on territory in the Landing Bay and Rat Island.

5 March

Clear and bright but with a cold wind from
the north.

A similar
day to the rest of the week with not a lot moving through other than Meadow Pipits, 58 of which were seen today. Also recorded flying over were
nine Linnets and one Goldfinch. More surprisingly a Cormorant flew north along the East
Side.

Male Stonechat, Pointless Wall © Stuart Cossey

6 March

Overcast with a cold wind from the northeast.

The strong
wind blowing up Millcombe Valley reduced the numbers seen today. A group of 10 Teal on Pondsbury was included three
males in breeding plumage. Also of note were a Merlin by Quarter Wall and 7 Woodpigeon
along the East side (four in Millcombe and three at Quarter Wall Copse). Meadow Pipit migration was also affected by the strong winds with 38 seen
today. A group of nine Skylark were
seen in the wet flush above Jenny’s Cove.

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