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Monday, 27 March 2017

26th March - Grey Heron and 3 Jackdaws

Tim Jones and Tim Davis report 58 Puffins in Jenny's Cove. In the strong easterly wind, 110 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows were counted moving north in the lee of the West Side. A Grey Heron flew across the South End and there were 3 Jackdaws in Lighthouse Field. The Meadow Pipit count totalled 400 and 20 Linnets and a Siskin were observed. The Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver were still present.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

25th March - strong Meadow Pipit passage

Tim Davis and Tim Jones report 41 Puffins in Jenny's Cove and a strong passage of Meadow Pipits amounting to 500 birds, including 300 moving north in the lee of the West Side in the early morning. Other sightings include 22 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, a Lapwing, 2 Jackdaws and a Siskin. The Great Northern Diver and Red-necked Grebe were still present.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

24th March - male Wheatear back on territory

Tim Jones and Tim Davis report 250 Razorbills off the South End, but a big clear-out of Chiffchaffs and Meadow Pipits with only 12 and 70 respectively logged. A total of 240 Kittiwakes were counted at the two remaining West Side colonies. Of note were 2 Black Redstarts, a "singing" Water Rail, 6 Teal, 4 Snipe and a Song Thrush. The days highlight was confirmation that the colour-ringed male Wheatear was back on its territory at the Earthquake.

Friday, 24 March 2017

23rd March - Chiffchaff fall and returning female Wheatears

Tim Davis and Tim Jones report 60+ Chiffchaffs hopping around on the fields and walks. Meadow Pipit numbers totalled 300, with 5 Black Redstarts, 2 Redwings, a Song Thrush, a Sand Martin and 2 Swallows seen. Three more Wheatear colour rings were read, including two females - the first known returning females for the year. Rafts totalling 500 Razorbills were counted off the South End in the early morning. The Red-necked Grebe was still present.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

22nd March - significant migration

Tim Jones and Tim Davis report significant overnight and diurnal movement. Over 20 Wheatears were counted, including the first three females of the year and three returning colour-ringed Lundy breeding males. The 5 Teal were a little early to start making predictions of breeding again this year, but counts of 130 Meadow Pipits, 19 Rock Pipits, 46 Skylarks and 6 Stonechats presumably included local breeders, whilst 8 Cormorant and 3 Kestrel were probably migrants. Other migrants included 12 alba Wagtails, 7 Sand Martins, 3 Black Redstarts, 6 Chiffchaffs, an early Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrests, a Firecrest and 2 Redwings. Linnet numbers increased by 100% to two. The Great Nothern Diver and Red-necked Grebe were still present in the Landing Bay.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

19th and 20th March

Alan and Sandra Rowland report two Canada Geese on 19th. Tim Davis and Tim Jones arrived on the island on 20th, despite a weather delay, and saw Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver in the Landing Bay. There was a Merlin along the Upper East Side path and a Black Redstart at the Earthquake. Other notable sightings included 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Woodpigeon, 10 Pied Wagtail, 1 Redwing and the first Linnet record of the year (just one).

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tue 14 to Fri 17 Mar – First Puffins and a flurry of other migrants

Spring migration is really beginning to get going in earnest with some great sightings over the past few days. In an update to the previous post, there was a notable arrival of 20 House Martins on 14 March (followed by single birds on 15th & 16th), in line with observations from elsewhere in the country that bear witness to an unusually big influx for so early in the month. This has been linked to a spell of strong southerly and south-westerly winds bringing birds further north, earlier in the season than normal, conditions also consistent with this year's very early records of Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler on Lundy.

The first 7 Puffins of the season were rafting in Jenny's Cove on 16th, and on the same date the first Sand Martin, Willow Warbler and Ring Ouzel of the year were found (the latter a "stunning male" near the Timekeeper's Hut above the Terrace), whilst a Red-necked Grebe was on the sea off the Ugly on 15th (possibly the same individual as recorded earlier in the winter). There was a small fall of 21 Chiffchaffs and 13 Goldcrests on 16th, adding volume to the increasing diversity of migrants being logged. Also recorded were: Great Northern Diver (1 on 16th), Cormorant (8 on 16th), Water Rail (2 on 16th), Woodpigeon (3 on 16th & 17th), Grey Wagtail (1 on 16th), Pied Wagtail (9 on 16th – the first significant influx of the spring), Robin (max 4 on 16th), Wheatear (1 on 15th – the second of the spring), Blackbird (max 5 on 16th), Song Thrush (1 on 16th), Redwing (2 on 17th), Chaffinch (4 on 16th & 17th) and Goldfinch (2 on 16th & 17th).

Based on information provided by Dean Jones, Lundy Warden – thanks Dean!