The annual Devon Birds day-trip charter of the Oldenburg took place on Sunday 18th May. For a full report by Jon Turner see http://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/devon_bird_news and scroll down to the corresponding date. Highlights included the Black Guillemot in the Landing Bay, two Turtle Doves (sadly now qualifying for rarity status on Lundy), a typically elusive female-type Golden Oriole and a Short-toed Lark – the latter found by Jon on the track near Quarter Wall and subsequently photographed by Phil Abbott (see the excellent pic posted on the Devon Birds website on 19th May).
Alan Rowland, on the island for the past week, confirms that two Turtle Doves were already present on Saturday 17th May and that at least one was still around on Friday 23rd.
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Friday, 23 May 2014
Friday, 16 May 2014
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Andy Jayne reports that a Black Guillemot was seen in the Landing Bay on 9th May, making three consecutive springs that this striking species has occurred in Lundy waters.
Posted by Tim Jones at 00:40
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Chris Baillie has sent through the following summary of his three-day trip to the island:
"Good numbers of shearwaters and a group of 14 Sandwich Terns on the outward crossing. The Merlin mentioned by Richard Campey remained throughout, and I flushed a Sparrowhawk from by the Blue Door on the 3rd. I heard Water Rail on 1st and 2nd, the latter at night from St John’s Valley. A Whimbrel passed the West Side on the 2nd , when there was a thin but steady trickle of Barn Swallows during the afternoon (300/hour departing North End). Wheatears included a few migrants (one being a Greenland female) but were mostly pairs on territory. Warblers were mostly not moving much – two Sedges, one Garden, a few Blackcaps, Willows and Chiffs. A Lesser Redpoll was in the Tent Field on the 3rd, and Guillemots did a widespread early exodus from Jenny’s – the ledges seemed very empty compared to the two previous days. The crossing back had fewer Manxies than on the 1st (or visible from the island on 2nd), and a Bonxie passed close mid-channel."
Posted by Tim Jones at 09:04
Monday, 5 May 2014
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Some images from my recent week long trip to Lundy (by Richard Campey):
Skylark in South-West Field
Meadow Pipit in Brick Field
Hen Harrier, male, being mobbed by a Raven over The Stonecrusher (high up, heavy crop - on photo not bird !)
Adult male Northern Wheatear by Quarter Wall
Peregrine from The Terraces
Common Whitethroat in Upper Millcombe Valley
Goldfinch in Millcombe Valley
Jackdaw in Tillage Field
Starling in High Street
Northern Wheatear South End
Linnet by Rocket Pole
Male Reed Bunting by Brambles
Posted by Richard Campey at 09:20