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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wed 28 Sep – Goldcrest fall

Wednesday 28th brought a significant fall of Goldcrests, but for much of the day the island was shrouded in fog and drizzle making birding almost impossible. Among the rather few notable birds  were a Water Rail, a Golden Plover, 3 House Martins, a handful of Swallows, 6 Robins in Millcombe, perhaps suggesting a small influx of migrants, and 2 Pied Wagtails.

Tue 27 Sep – Major movement of Swallows

A major movement of Swallows started up during the late morning, with Tim Davis counting 1,000 flying south at Brazen Ward in just 35 minutes.

Among birds ringed were a Sedge Warbler and a Pied Flycatcher.

Also recorded were 30 Gannets (off North End), 2 Water Rails, an Oystercatcher, a Golden Plover, 6 Woodpigeons, 6 Goldcrests, a dozen or so Blackcaps, 2 Stonechats, 80 Meadow Pipits and 2 Pied Wagtails.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Sun 25 & Mon 26 Sep – Blustery and wet weather dominates

Sunday 25th was a day of blustery westerlies and scattered showers. Among the species recorded were a single Snipe near Pondsbury, 2 female Teal on Pondsbury, 6 Woodpigeons, 50 Swallows, a Redstart, and a Tree Pipit. Operating three nets for a time during the afternoon, the ringers trapped a male and female Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Sunday also saw the first full day of a week-long programme of indoor and outdoor activities covering virtually every conceivable aspects of Lundy's natural history and archaeology. The second LFS 'Discover Lundy' event includes demonstrations of bird ringing, night-time visits to shearwater colonies, bird walks by day and a variety of bird-related talks.

A thoroughly soggy day on Monday 26th brought predictably thin pickings for those birdwatchers who did venture out. The highlight was a Pied Flycatcher in the Terrace Trap willows and the Rook was still present. Also of note, an apparent small arrival of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, together wth a few Goldcrests, a continued light passage of Swallows and good numbers of Goldfinches and Linnets.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sat 24 Sep – First Balearic Shearwaters of the autumn

The same strong winds (and, by late afternoon, bucketing rain) that led to the cancellation of Saturday's sailing of MS Oldenburg, brought the autumn's first Balearic Shearwaters, when two (plus a single Manx Shearwater) were seen by Andy Jayne during an early seawatch from the Castle.

Tim Davis reports that migrant landbirds were few and far between (or wisely hunkering down), with 1 Wheatear, a Spotted Flycatcher, a couple of Goldcrests and 2 Pied Wagtails. Tony Taylor saw two Water Rails in Millcombe.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

A few pictures from last week - Dotterel (21st Sep), Raven, White Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.

Fri 23 Sep

News as follows from Tim Davis, on what was a generally quiet, warm, but increasingly breezy day:

Grey Heron 2, Water Rail 2, Swallow 6, Chiffchaff 10, Willow Warbler 1, Stonechat 4, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 6, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Pied Flycatcher 1, Meadow Pipit 200, Linnet 280,

Also 2 Common Dolphins, a Bottle-nose and 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Butterflies included 11 Small Coppers.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Thu 22 Sep – Dotterel still present

Tim Davis reports that the Dotterel and Rook were still present on the Airfield. Other migrants seen by Tim included c.20 Goldcrests, single Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler, a White Wagtail, four Wheatears, c.100 Meadow Pipits. Also recorded were a Water Rail, 100 Linnets and 40 Goldfinches.