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Sunday, 3 March 2019

26th Feb to 2nd Mar – Change of month, change of weather, change of cast

In addition to the exceptionally early arrival of Puffins previously reported – see photo added to that post below – the following is a round-up of news since the last full update, courtesy of Warden Dean Jones, who writes as Storm Freya is steaming in off the Atlantic and forecast to bring gusts of 70 mph to Lundy:

"With the change in wind direction back to westerlies, on the evening of the 1st, the rafts of Red-throated Diver have now reappeared along the East Coast. Here 15 birds were recorded feeding and preening between the choppy seas yesterday (2nd). 

Prior to this, Lundy was again treated to some lovely warm weather for the majority of this period which brought on a small number of passage birds including Collared Dove (2 on the 27th), Pied Wagtail (8 on the 27th), Goldcrest (between 1 to 5 birds recorded daily), Goldfinch (max 7 on the 27th), Chaffinch (max 5 on the 27th, one of which was singing in Millcombe), Siskin (max 3 on the 27th), Linnet (singles on a number of dates), Reed Bunting (a female on Tibbetts Hill on the 27th) and a Sand Martin over Pondsbury on the 28th.

We’ve also had the first new Chiffchaff of the spring arriving on the 27th to join the long-staying wintering bird who was in full song at the top of Millcombe on the same date.

Furthermore, the Grey Wagtail found on the 25th lingered for another day at least, singles of Song Thrush have been recorded in Millcombe, joined by a single Redwing yesterday. Finally, a Black Redstart was recorded in Jenny’s Cove on the 27th."

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