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Monday, 29 August 2016

As this blog has been quite for the last few months I thought I would take the opportunity to share a few photos of my visit back in April this year. I was on the Island for a week from Saturday 2nd April to Saturday 10th April.

Willow warbler carrying a BTO ring in Milcombe valley

Meadow Pipit in the garden of Old House North

Raft of Auks ( mainly Razorbills ) near Shutter point

Wheatear on top of the Island

Rock Pipit on the slopes near Castle Hill

Chiffchaff in Milcombe Valley

Male Blackcap in one of the walled gardens in Milcombe valley

Female Blackcap gorging on the apples Rob Duncan had left out for them

Robin at the top of Milcombe

Carrion Crow on the wall of the pig pens

Pied wagtail

Colour ringed Wheatear on the wall near the Church

Shearwaters about a mile out from Lundy. Taken from MS Oldenburg

Thursday, 23 June 2016

22/06/16 Guillemot chick "Obsession", Lundy

Ten days since I first saw this chick, "Obsession" is growing well. Its parents (standing to the right) spent over an hour together at the ledge. This shows that they are all well fed, even with the mist and drizzle they are able to find their way back to Lundy with fish for "Obsession"

Ten chicks have  hatched so far this year, and there may be another three eggs left. So far, the signs are well- the adults are spending time together on the ledge and they are bringing in good numbers of Sprats for their chicks.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

15/06/16 Guillemot "J" loses it's egg

Although Guillemot eggs are meant to roll in a tight circle, they can still fall off their ledge. This bird loses it's egg whilst it is preening. The egg falls to the ledge below and the adult cannot move it's egg back to the it's ledge. Imagine trying to move a tennis ball up a step with a knitting needle.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sat 11 Jun – History is made!

Early morning fog and drizzle, enlivened by scattered downpours, gradually gave way to a sunny but sultry late morning and afternoon. The highlight of the day was long-awaited proof, for the first time ever, of a Blackcap breeding attempt on Lundy. A male and female (both carrying BTO rings) were watched for more more than an hour as they assiduously gathered spider webs (used to bind the nest together) from crevices in the slate walls of Millcombe gardens. The male was wing-shivering and giving short but intense bursts of song between foraging trips and both birds returned repeatedly to the presumed nest site. A Whitethroat was again singing near St Helen's Copse. The Oystercatcher family on Rat Island (see entry for 7th) was continuing to thrive.

A count of Puffins at Jenny's Cove at around 13.00 hrs yielded a minimum total of 95 (45 on land and 50 on the water), but part of the area used by Puffins, on the south side of the bay, was not visible from our vantage point near the Earthquake.

On the afternoon crossing to Ilfracombe two Sandwich Terns were seen about 40 minutes out from the island.

Update: See photos of Red-breasted Flycatcher (31 May) and Greenish Warbler (5 June) added to the relevant posts below, courtesy of Paul Holt and Rebecca & Richard Taylor. A few other photos also added.

Fri 10 Jun – Hobby among other late migrants

At 7.40am on Friday 10th Tim Jones watched a Hobby (the third in a fortnight) take off from a tree perch near the top of the steps between Millcombe and St Helen's Combe. It flew around the south side of the Ugly but was not seen again. A singing male Whitethroat at St Helen's Copse was seen carrying nesting material (and singing at the same time!), but there was no sign of a second bird. A flock of seven Woodpigeons flew out of Millcombe, where there was again a single singing Collared Dove. A Willow Warbler was singing from Millcombe wood, above the the Casbah, in the early evening, but was probably just passing through as it had not been seen or heard earlier in the day, nor was it present the following day. Other late migrants included a Spotted Flycatcher (Millcombe) and five Swifts, while the Golden Plover remained in South West Field.

A new brood of eight Mallard ducklings appeared with a female on the Brick Field pond. One of the Lesser Black-backed Gull nests on the Miller's Cake (a large rock slab adjoining the Landing Bay) contained two small chicks. Tim Davis & Tim Jones estimated more than 1,000 Diamond-back Moths in a Pineapple Weed-dominated area of the Lighthouse Field no more than 50m x 5m!

Spotted Flycatcher, Lundy, Jun 2016 © Tim Jones

Friday, 10 June 2016

Continuing northbound passage on 9th June

Tim and Tim report the first real signs of continuing north-bound passage since arriving: 3 House Martin, 13 Swallow, 13 Swift and a White Wagtail (see photo) at the North End. A Whitethroat was singing in Lower Millcombe, but there was no sign of the Common Rosefinch. A Rook was in the Tillage Field again. Great Black-backed and Herring Gull chicks are starting to appear and the Teal and at least 4 young are still going strong! A single Golden Plover was in South West Field (Richard & Rebecca Taylor).
A Thrift Clearwing (a nationally scarce day-flying moth) was seen on flowering thrift by North Light steps and over 500 Diamond-back Moths were counted.
White Wagtail, prob 1st-summer male, North End, 9 Jun 2016 © Tim Jones

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Wed 8 Jun – Cuckoo, Hobby, Rook and breeding Swallows

Tim and Tim report from Wed 8th: 1 Cuckoo (Terrace), 1 Swift (N off E Side), 1 Hobby (flying N, South West Field – Richard & Rebecca Taylor), 1 Rook (Tillage Field), a pair of Swallows (collecting mud from pigsty by Tavern and nestbuilding in Church porch), 1 Reed Warbler (Quarters garden), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (VC Quarry), 3 Blackcaps (2 males in Millcombe and a female along Terrace), Common Rosefinch (singing still in Millcombe). 32 Skylark territories logged (but not a full census); 350+ Diamond-back Moths as a sample count; they were everywhere!
Rook, Tillage Field, 8 Jun 2016 © Tim Jones
Reed Warbler, Quarters garden, 8 Jun 2016 © Tim Jones
Skylark chick, Middle Park, 8 Jun 2016 © Tim Jones