19 - 25 October 2013
On the island for our usual Autumn visit and although the week started quietly for birds the diversity picked up quite soon. Seawatches from North End and The Castle produced Lundy's highest count of Balearic Shearwaters, 26 in one day, plus Great Skuas, juvenile Black Tern, Little Gull and hundreds of Kittiwakes. A more detailed report will follow in due course.
Other notables included Short-toed Lark, Snow Bunting, Lapland Buntings, Ring Ouzels, sightings of at least three different Yellow-browed Warblers, Richard's Pipit and a Red-throated Pipit (still present on 27th).
The usual migration of lots of Chaffinches and Thrushes didn't really happen with only low numbers as opposed to the thousands of Chaffinches seen most Autumns. Goldcrest numbers were also disappointing with only a handful seen on most days, though a Firecrest in Millcombe did liven things up a bit. Lots of birds of prey with Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and of course Peregrine.
A few pictures below:
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