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.
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