As would be expected in late May, migration is showing signs of thinning out. As Tony Taylor puts it, "mainly less of the same", with smaller numbers of Swallows and House Martins moving through on 23 & 24 May, plus 9 Spotted Flycatchers and singing Blackcap, Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler and a Reed Warbler.
It will be interesting to see which of the territory-holding warblers remain to breed; clearly not the Reed Warbler given the absence of suitable reedbed habitat, but Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler have all bred successfully, if somewhat irregularly, in the past – depending largely on the vagaries of the weather. In spite of positive signs in several recent years there has still been no confirmation of Blackcap ever having bred succcessfully on Lundy. Will 2016 be the year?
Other migrants recorded by Tony on Monday and Tuesday included single Collared Dove, redpoll sp. and Siskin.
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