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Thursday, 26 April 2018

21st to 24th Apr – Additional sightings, including a Little Egret

Phlip Lymbery writes:

"Helen and I have just returned from what felt like a very short 3-night stay on Lundy. Weather was variable; from glorious summer-style sunshine on the 21st to showers, to a fogbound departure day on the 24th. Our highlights on the beautiful isle this time were:

21st April

Manx Shearwater: Small rafts of about half a dozen birds were seen on the sea as we approached on the Oldenburg.
Snipe: Two were flushed in the Quarter Wall area.
Swallows: A constant trickle of birds heading north late afternoon at the rate of about one bird each 3.5 minutes.

22nd April

Golden Plover: A single bird flew south calling over the west side of Halfway Wall.
Whinchat: One was near the helipad opposite The Quarters.

23rd April

White Wagtail: A male and three Pied Wagtails were seen in Barton Field and the horse paddocks.
Lesser Redpoll: A single male accompanied a dozen Goldfinches in Millcombe.
Sand Martin: 3 were seen with Swallows and a single House Martin.
Goldcrest: 2 were frequenting Millcombe.

24th April

Little Egret: One flew south across the Landing Bay at 3.15pm."

Puffins were around their burrows in the Jenny’s Cove area. © Philip Lymbery

Rafts of Manx Shearwater were seen just offshore. © Philip Lymbery

Skylarks were vocal across the island. © Philip Lymbery

24th Apr – Firecrest and good Swallow passage despite cool & breezy conditions

Rob Duncan reports for Tuesday 24th (At least I think these notes apply to 24th... There is some sort of mysterious telecoms time vortex between Lundy and Ilfracombe.)

"Still rather windy but sheltered nest in Millcombe gardens allowing for some ringing. Still small numbers of warblers passing through but Goldfinches have taken a liking to the sunflower hearts, which is helping. We ringed a Firecrest yesterday, as well as 8 more Willow Warblers. Of interest, the proportion of male Willow Warblers seems to have gone up since the wind picked up (it was virtually all females on Sat & Sun). Is it possible that they are more determined to get on territory despite the weather but the females can hold back? I may play with the data and dig a bit deeper. The Pied Flycatcher is still here along with at least one Bullfinch. 2 Stonechats at the Rocket Pole were new in. Reasonable Swallow passage first thing, with 1,000 counted for the day. Also two White Wagtails and a Golden Plover. Lighter winds and warmer please!"

Sunday, 22 April 2018

22nd April – Continued warbler passage, but hirundines scarce

Rob Duncan reports a good start to his two-week ringing trip, with a total of 128 birds ringed on Saturday 21st April, including what Chris Dee caught in the morning (see previous entry). Rob ringed a further 69 birds this morning, Sunday 22nd, before rain set in – mainly Willow Warblers, with good numbers of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and three Sedge Warblers. Other migrants appear to have been rather sparse, with "only a handful of hirundines so far" and one Whimbrel in the Landing Bay.

21st April - more Willow Warblers

On another day of calm weather, Chris Dee reported increased numbers of Willow Warblers and continued passage of Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Another Sedge Warbler was present in Millcombe, as was a female Firecrest. Meanwhile with clearer conditions on the West Side, Mandy Dee counted 73 Puffins on the water in Jenny's Cove with five or so on land. The Merlin was still present and small number of Swallows were seen. On leaving the island a Great Northern Diver was seen from M S Oldenburg in the Landing Bay.
Before handing over to Rob Duncan who arrived for a two-week stay, Chris had ringed a further 98 birds, including 57 Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and the Firecrest.

20th April - more common migrants, a few firsts for the year and a Minke Whale

Chris Dee reports more common migrants on Lundy today, but fewer than yesterday. There were an estimated 30 Chiffchaff, 40 Willow Warbler and 40 Blackcap in Millcombe. Also in Millcombe were single singing Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and the first Firecrest of the year. A Tree Pipit flew over during the morning, another first for the year, and the warden Dean Jones found a Nightingale in the afternoon. Very light hirundine passage was observed during the afternoon, with 30 Swallow and a House Martin noted. These were accompanied by 2 Swift hacking north low over the plateau. There were no auk counts today due to heavy sea fog obscuring the cliffs despite the top of the island being in bright sunshine.
Dean also found a Minke Whale that breached twice as it crossed the landing bay and headed round Rat Island in mid-morning.
In perfect conditions for mist-netting, 75 birds were ringed, including the Sedge Warbler.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

19th April - good arrival of common migrants in calm conditions

Chris Dee reports a good arrival of common migrants. Estimated minima of 40 Chiffchaff, 60 Willow Warbler and 60 Blackcap, with much activity in Millcombe and on the Terrace. A female Merlin was seen and there were 8 Woodpigeons in Millcombe. Also 2 Swallow and 6 Goldcrest.
Arriving for the day trip, Martin Thorne reported 3 Great Northern Divers in the Landing Bay.
A total of 97 birds were ringed.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

10th to 13th April – Variety and numbers; the first real influx of spring migrants

In his latest update, Lundy Warden Dean Jones reports: "Some super birds about the past few days on the island."

Tuesday 10th April Very little was noted in the logbook for the 10th as the weather was a tad rubbish, with thick fog & mist dominating the day along with a few light downpours.

A single Puffin at Jenny's Cove.
One Snipe, flushed near Halfway Wall.
One female Black Redstart in Barton Field.

Wednesday 11th April Wednesday morning was much the same as Tuesday, with thick fog lingering on the island up until mid-afternoon. As the day brightened there were some good birds to enjoy, including:

Blackcap: 23 in Millcombe Valley.
Chiffchaff: Just four  birds.
Willow Warbler: 16.
The beautiful female Great-spotted Woodpecker again in Millcombe.
Ring Ouzel: A very handsome male below Benjamin's Chair.
Pied Flycatcher: Two second calendar-year males in Millcombe Valley – see photo.
And a lovely male Linnet in song outside Paradise Row.

Male Pied Flycatcher, Millcombe, 11 Apr © Dean Jones

Thursday 12th April A beautiful sunny day, complete with a strong easterly breeze. Lots of lovely birds to enjoy including:

The female Great spotted Woodpecker was again seen feeding in Millcombe Wood.
Treecreeper: Seen feeding in the trees below Brambles (P Bullock & J Cox).
Cormorant: A single bird was noted in the logbook.
Sand Martin: Three birds quartering over High Street field along with 12 Swallow.
Collared Dove: 2 seen together in Millcombe in the morning and then later in the Village area.
White Wagtail: A lone male feeding in Barton Field in the afternoon.
Blackcap: 66 birds – most of which were recorded in the Millcombe area, including two in song.
Chiffchaff: 15+ scattered throughout the south of the island.
Willow Warbler: 20 birds.
Grasshopper Warbler: The first of the year was reeling away behind the Secret Garden (lower Millcombe) first thing.
Common Redstart: Four stunning males (Millcombe, Benjamin's Chair, Terrace & Barton Field) and a single female (Benjamin's Chair) – see photo below.
Stonechat: A male and female were seen together in South West Field, showing signs of possible breeding.
The handsome male Ring Ouzel below Benjamin's Chair still.
Song Thrush: Two birds outside Government House in the early morning.
Linnet: 33 over South West Field in the early morning.
Bullfinch: A lovely female seen and heard numerous times throughout Millcombe.
Snow Bunting: A very bold and very beautiful female, seen initially by Peter Lambden, spent the morning feeding along the High Street track across from the pig pen (photo below).

Snow Bunting, High Street, 12 Apr © Dean Jones
Male Common Redstart, Terrace, 12 Apr © Dean Jones

Friday 13th April A muggy day overall, lots of low-lying fog carpeting the island with intermittent spells of lovely sunshine. The lengthy periods of fog grounded quite a few migrants throughout the day which provided us with a super day's birding on the island!

Teal: A single male and two females were on Pondsbury in the early morning.
Oystercatcher: 33 birds around the island's coastline, including 10 roosting at Brazen Ward.
Ringed Plover: A rather handsome male was feeding on a monster worm at the North End in the early morning.
Snipe: Four flushed from the Pondsbury area.
Woodpigeon: 7 from Millcombe and Quarter Wall Copse.
Collared Dove: Two birds again in Millcombe Valley.
Merlin: A single female bird looking for prey along the east coast in the early morning.
Goldcrest: 25 birds scattered over the island.
Skylark: 35, which included at least 29 territories spanning the plateau area.
Sand Martin: A total of 14 were logged throughout the day.
Swallow: 20.
House Martin: 40.
Chiffchaff: 37.
Willow Warbler: 50.
Blackcap: 80.
Whitethroat: The first bird of the year was seen perched on Threequarter Wall next to a Robin around mid-morning.
Grasshopper Warbler: A single bird was heard reeling in Millcombe in the afternoon.
Pied Flycatcher: Two seen on the Castle Parade wall.
Redstart: At least four males and two females (Benjamin's Chair and the Terrace).
Black Redstart: A male and a female at the top of Benjamin's Chair.
Stonechat: Two males (one of which was singing its heart out in St John's Valley) and one female.
Wheatear: 26+ birds – most of which were noted from the south west.
Pied Wagtail: One on the ground and four other 'fly-overs'.
Meadow Pipit: 119 scattered over the island.
Chaffinch: Just three birds.
Linnet: A superb day of passage for this species with a total of 271 birds.
Goldfinch: 30, which included a lovely little flock of 25 at South West Point.
Snow Bunting: Seen along the High Street track again at 18:45 (E Angseesing & S Evans).
Great-spotted Woodpecker: Still in Millcombe (P Bullock & J Cox).
A predated Guillemot egg, complete with albumen (freshish), was found beneath one of the lighthouse track stones near the North End.

Male Northern Wheatear, South West Point 13 Apr © Dean Jones