One To Watch

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One of the adult Dunnocks

DSC_0249 (2)A pair of Dunnocks have taken up residence on the island and have been recorded most days since early March, they have most likely overwintered on the island along with other migrants such as wrens. Although most have now moved on to their breeding grounds one pair of Dunnocks have stay on the “May” bombing around from end of the island to the other. Yesterday came the exciting news from members of the Bird Observatory that one was seen with a beak full of nesting material and again today carrying feathers, could this pair be breeding?

Dunnocks usually nest in dense shrubs and hedges and with a lack of these on the island we are keeping a close eye on this pair to see where about they are favouring and could potential be a nesting site. Dunnocks have bred on the island before; the first record in 1884 when two pairs bred and again two pairs in 1958, the third record and latest was back in 1961 when a pair had two broods and raised seven chicks in total. So although they are far from regular breeders they do have a chance and why not the “May” is a great place to spend the summer.

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