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Friday, 18 September 2020

18th Sep – Challenging birding in near gale-force easterlies

Richard Campey writes that:
"The wind steadily picked up overnight and morning broke to a north-easterly Force 6 gusting 7, a bit of cloud cover but eventually sunny. Started the day with two Peregrines – one a very light brown youngster with an indistinct face pattern. Round South End and a new migrant for my trip was a very unapproachable Whinchat. Steady passage of Swallows and one House Martin. Nothing much else of note. Rock Pipit chasing off Pied Wagtail at Rocket Pole and three high-up Yellow Wagtails heading towards Village from Lighthouse Field. Other sightings included 25 Linnets and a couple of Goldfinches."
Yellow Wagtail glowing in the sunlight, 18 Sep © Richard Campey
Combined totals for the day from Richard and Chris Baillie as follows: Mallard 8, Fulmar 1, Gannet 15, Mediterranean Gull (one – an adult heading south past the Landing Bay, seen by Dean Jones), Great Black-backed Gull 8, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Herring Gull 7, auk sp. 11, Dunlin 1, Woodpigeon 1, Feral Pigeon 1, a female Merlin (seen by Chris), Peregrine 3, Kestrel 2, Sparrowhawk 2, Raven 7, Swallow 300, House Martin 21, Meadow Pipit 113, Rock Pipit 1, Skylark 10, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 2, Pied Flycatcher 1, Stonechat 3, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 3, Pied/White Wagtail 21 (five definite Whites), Yellow Wagtail (4), Starling 83, Linnet 99, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch 24. Also 3 Harbour Porpoise and a Common Dolphin.
Sam Bosanquet adds that: "Jenny’s Cove provided some shelter from the easterlies, and held a wheeling flock of 25+ House Martin. The lower reaches of Punchbowl stream were even more sheltered, and there was an interesting-looking wing-flicking warbler around the rocks. Good ‘scope views eventually revealed it to be an out-of-context Garden Warbler. An amazing beetle-fest under a dead crow in the small quarry* south of VC Quarry included at least ten different species, with the big Creophilus maxillosus the highlight."
*Known to many regular Lundy birders as 'Rüppell’s Quarry' after one of the island's most famous rare birds, a Rüppell’s Warbler that occurred there in June 1979).

Raven, 18 Sep © Richard Campey

Stag Sika Deer, 18 Sep © Richard Campey

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