Update: Claire and Mark Tims returned from the island on Tuesday and add to Rob's report with a Grey Wagtail and news of the season's second Osprey, directly over the jetty during the afternoon. During their four-day stay they also saw a colour-ringed Wheatear at Quarter Wall. This individual, a male, was originally ringed on 2 June 2014 and nested at the western end of Quarter Wall in both 2014 and 2015. Plumage details at the time of ringing confirmed that it had hatched in 2012 or earlier, meaning that it has now successfully completed a minimum of eight trans-Saharan migrations (four in autumn and four in spring), each spring managing to return to the same small area of the same tiny island! (Thanks to Tony Taylor & Richard Taylor for information about this bird's life-history.)
|Colour-ringed Wheatear, Quarter Wall, April 2016 © C&M Tims|
Puffin news: the Lundy Conservation Team's Facebook page reports that the first Puffins were seen on 22 March and that numbers in Jenny's Cove had reached 88 by 1 April.