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