1st to twenty second January – A brand new yr and a busy shutdown

Robust westerly winds up
to the fifteenth. Gentle winds from the northwest on the 2nd and lightweight to average winds
from the sixteenth.

It’s now the tip of one other busy shutdown, the one month
of the yr when the island is closed to guests. This enables us to finish
vital upkeep work on the properties. Satan’s Kitchen © Stuart CosseyWest Coast © Stuart CosseyKistvean Pond © Stuart Cossey17 Mallard stay
across the island and as much as 11 Teal
have been seen on Pondsbury. A male Frequent
Scoter was off the Touchdown Seashore on
the 18th. The Greylag Goose
remained in Barton’s Area. A single Woodpigeon
was in Quarter Wall Copse on the first. One other was then seen in Millcombe from
the seventeenth. Water Rail have been calling in Millcombe and one was flushed by Quarter
Wall on the seventeenth.

A flock of 25 Oystercatcher
have been seen roosting bellow Tibbets on the thirteenth. Pairs have additionally began to
unfold out alongside the East Coast. Golden
Plover have been heard flying over on the
ninth and seventeenth. Two have been then seen in Brick Area on the twentieth and have been joined by
a 3rd on the twenty second. A Woodcock was
flushed from Millcombe on the twentieth and one other from alongside the Decrease East on the
twenty second. Snipe have been widespread within the
moist areas across the island and a single Jack
Snipe was flushed on the seventh. A
small flock of Purple Sandpiper appear to be wintering on
the island with 4 seen at Brazen Ward on the first and 9 there on the thirteenth.Purple Sandpipers, Brazen Ward © Stuart CosseyPurple Sandpipers, Brazen Ward © Stuart CosseyGolden Plover, Brick Area © Stuart CosseyUp to 280 Herring Gulls have been within the farm fields in the course of the robust winds in the beginning of the month. This then slowly dropped to round 100 as winds calmed down. Amongst the massive gulls a Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen on the sixteenth and an grownup Iceland Gull on the twenty second. Off the East Coast the seawatching improved on the sixteenth when 500 Kittiwake have been seen in addition to eight Frequent Gulls. When the winds calmed Fulmar and Guillemot started to return to Jenny’s Cove to examine nest websites. It was additionally simple to pick six Purple-throated Divers on the twentieth and three on the 21st. As much as three Nice Northern Divers have been within the Touchdown Bay.Nice Northern Diver, Touchdown Bay © Stuart CosseyIceland Gull, Excessive Road Area © Stuart CosseyA few birds of prey remained on the island over winter with
a Kestrel seen on the first and seventh. Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Merlin
have been seen extra repeatedly. The Jackdaw
first seen on the twenty third October remains to be current and sometimes seen foraging within the
Tenting Area.

It has been quiet for small birds. Two Goldcrest have been overwintering in Millcombe and have been joined by
three new birds on the twentieth. Single Redwing
have been seen on the 2nd, twentieth and 21st. The primary Stonechat of the yr was seen on the seventh and a pair have been in South
West Area on the twenty second. A small flock of Chaffinch
have been roosting in Millcombe. 17 have been seen on the 2nd and some new birds
elevated the rely to 24 on the twentieth. Two Siskin
flew over on the sixteenth. Just a few Linnet
have been seen flying over throughout calm climate. 22 have been recorded on the 2nd, two on
the seventeenth and 31 on the twentieth.Stonechat, Pointless Wall © Stuart Cossey

In non-avian information, a Harbour
Porpoise was seen off Rat Island on
the seventh and two have been searching off Brazen Ward and Gannets Rock on the thirteenth and
14th. One other was off The Battery on the 21st. Two small Portuguese Man o’ battle have been washed up on Satan’s Kitchen.Portuguese Man o’ Warfare, Satan’s Kitchen © Stuart Cossey Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Rosie Ellis

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