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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Photos from 9th to 12th Nov

Below is a selection of photos from Richard Campey's recent brief sojourn on the island...

Brambling, November 2018 © Richard Campey

Chiffchaff, November 2018 © Richard Campey

Great Spotted Woodpecker, November 2018 © Richard Campey

Ravens, November 2018 © Richard Campey

Reed Bunting, November 2018 © Richard Campey

Stonechat, November 2018 © Richard Campey

And finally... we're struggling to see the bird(s) in this photo; possibly a vagrant Oxpecker?

Sika Deer, November 2018 © Richard Campey

14th & 15th Nov – Light passage of thrushes, Starlings & finches

There was little new to report on 14th, although the feeding flock of gulls and other seabirds off the East Side again attracted a Great Skua, whilst Millcombe held two Goldcrests and two Blackcaps. Other records included two Teal and single Snipe and Woodcock.

Thursday 15th brought more movement, with sightings including: individual flocks of 25-30 Redwings, Starlings and Chaffinches heading south, plus single Black Redstart, Redpoll and Reed Bunting dropping briefly into Millcombe during the morning. The valley also held 17 Blackbirds, five Song Thrushes, four Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and the lingering Great Spotted Woodpecker. There was a Common Gull in the Landing Bay, where the Great Northern Diver was still present, with two Great Skuas further off the East Side.

The south coast of Devon recorded some spectacular thrush migration on the morning of 15th (e.g. 8,400 Redwings over Berry Head in a couple of hours first thing). That movement clearly didn't reach as far north as Lundy – and was also absent from the north coast of mainland Devon. It will be interesting to see if numbers are any higher in the coming days as the wind becomes more easterly.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

13th Nov – A good mix of migrants

Today brought a wide variety of migrants, including:
  • single Ring Ouzel and Mistle Thrush at the top of Millcombe first thing;
  • nine Skylarks, 25 Starlings and a Snow Bunting, all of which seemed to arrive from the east;
  • an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Great Skua together with Kittiwakes and Gannets off the East Side at midday;
  • four Teal, four Snipe, a Jack Snipe and a Woodcock on top of the island;
  • a Chiffchaff on the Terrace;
  • three Goldcrests, a Linnet and 80 Chaffinches.
Records from Rebecca Taylor, Tony Taylor and Martin Thorne.

Monday, 12 November 2018

12th Nov – Passage of crests and finches continues

Richard Campey reports (from his last morning on this trip) a Firecrest and six Goldcrests on the Terrace, the Great Spotted Woodpecker in Millcombe, a Brambling in Tillage Field again and 140 Chaffinches, which were "getting hell" from a Merlin and a Sparrowhawk. Tony Taylor and Rebecca Taylor recorded a further 300 Chaffinches moving south during the afternoon.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

11th Nov – Migrants dodge the downpours

Richard Campey reports a mostly sunny day with a few isolated but torrential showers. There was no sign of the Little Owl, unfortunately, despite a morning spent searching for it. On top of the island, four Cormorants flew past the Old Light, a Golden Plover was on the Airfield, and raptors made a good showing, with Merlin, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine logged. Chaffinches were less numerous than on 10th, but there were still 200 in evidence in sheltered areas and along the tracks. One Brambling was with Chaffinches in Tillage Field. The Terrace willows yielded two Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff, whilst there were three Stonechats along the Lower East Side Path and two more at Pondsbury. Finally, there was a Water Rail in Smelly Gully and a Redwing flying over the Village in the early evening.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

10th Nov – Little Owl: the fifth EVER for Lundy!

Richard Campey notched up a very well-deserved 'Lundy tick' this afternoon when he found a Little Owl towards the top of St John's Valley. This is only the fifth in the island's ornithological history and comes after singles on 15 June 1933, 7 November 1944, 1 June 1955 and 1 June 1984. Unfortunately Richard's views were brief and the light poor, so he didn't have his camera readily to hand, but his sketch and supporting notes do the job perfectly:

Richard's other sightings during a challenging day weather-wise included three Teal, a Water Rail, a Woodcock and two Reed Buntings, all at Pondsbury, a Golden Plover over the Airfield and 500+ Chaffinches over Millcombe and elsewhere in the south of the island. Seawatching produced a Manx Shearwater, 79 Gannets, 23 Kittiwakes, 11 Great Black-backed Gulls and 21 auk sp.

Friday, 9 November 2018

3rd to 9th Nov – Chaffinch passage continues

Recent sightings, contributed by Mandy Dee and Richard Campey, have included:
  • a Hen Harrier over Lametry Bay on 3rd
  • the long-staying female Great Spotted Woodpecker on 4th, 5th & 9th
  • 200 Starlings gathering to roost in the Village on 5th
  • a Snipe on 6th
  • 26 Redwings on 6th
  • 36 Chaffinches and a Brambling on 6th
  • 400 Chaffinches and three Bramblings on 9th
  • 1 Goldcrest on 9th
  • 2 Gannets, 3 Shags and 9 Kittiwakes during a seawatch on the afternoon of 9th, before conditions became too stormy to see!

Saturday, 3 November 2018

30th Oct to 2nd Nov – Rough-legged Buzzard

The following update from Ross and Helen Bower brings news of yet another scarcity, continuing the recent run of outstanding birds on the island and the excellent coverage this autumn...

"Just returned from a lovely few days on Lundy. Not overrun with birds (as you would expect at this stage of the autumn), but nice to see a steady passage of thrushes and Chaffinch through the island. Highlight of our trip was a Rough-legged Buzzard on the West Side, north of Tibbetts yesterday afternoon (1 Nov). It appeared from nowhere, was briefly pursued by a Raven before circling up very high and drifting south until lost from view."

Other highlights included:

30th October:
2 Woodcock
Ringtail Hen Harrier – first seen along the Terrace then later around Old Light, heading south.
Black Redstart around North Light.

31st October:
At least a couple of Brambling overhead within the frequent Chaffinch flocks.
At  least two Merlin around the island, providing much entertainment on their hunting escapades.
One very flighty Snow Bunting recorded briefly on the West Side, south of the Old Light.

1st November:
Snow Bunting again recorded briefly along Castle track in the morning, but not seen again.
Great Spotted Woodpecker still present in Millcombe Valley.
Again, at least 2 Merlin.
Rough-legged Buzzard.

2nd November:
Great Spotted Woodpecker still present.
A couple more Brambling heard within Chaffinch flocks. A Lapland Bunting overhead at Quarter Wall, heading south across the Airfield.