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Sunday, 24 March 2019

22nd to 24th Mar – Cattle Egret: a first for Lundy!

The latest bulletin from Lundy Warden Dean Jones brings news of a much-anticipated 'first' for the island:

Late news for 22nd March

At around 22:00 in the evening the island was briefly enveloped in a spell of low cloud and mist which lowered numerous Redwing on passage north. Frequency of calls was moderate and at times I heard up to 7 birds calling at the same time from various heights across the Village area right across to the Lower Aerogenerator Field. It was hard to quantify the number of birds passing but if I had to estimate I'd say there were at least 100-200. I also heard single Song Thrush and Blackbird calling in the evening murk. After about 25minutes or so the cloud lifted and the calls disappeared. An exciting end to a wonderful day.

23rd March

Another delightful day of migrants on what was a rather chilly and overcast day. Highlights include: the first Curlew of the spring over the Village at first light calling loudly, a single Sand Martin, 5 Pied Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails (also the first of the spring feeding outside the Tavern), 2 Woodpigeon, 4 Wheatear, one of which was in full song and wearing colour-rings on the South West Point, a male Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet and a number of Manx Shearwater calling from over the Village in the evening.

24th March

A day of beautiful sunshine, excellent visibility and chilly north easterly winds, near perfect weather for a complete wrap around the island's coast. The highlight was undoubtedly the presence of a Cattle Egret, which was hiding from the winds on the south side of Lamentor first thing. This is the first ever Lundy record for this species! Today also provided a few more firsts for the year, including a single House Martin over St Marks, a male Firecrest in the Terrace willows and a stunning male Ring Ouzel near the Old Light.

Lundy's first ever Cattle Egret, Lametor, 24 Mar 2019 © Dean Jones

Colour-ringed Wheatear, Old Light Shearwater colony, 24 Mar 2019 © Dean Jones

Male Ring Ouzel, Old Light, 24 Mar 2019 © Dean Jones

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