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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

22nd Sep – Wryneck & Lapland Bunting but generally quieter

The highlights of a quieter day, following something of a clear-out of warblers and much-reduced visible migration, were a Wryneck on the Terrace, a Lapland Bunting in South West Field, two Firecrest in Millcombe and a Yellow Wagtail in St Helen's/Barton Fields throughout the day. The Wryneck showed well for around two minutes before disappearing down towards Quarry Beach.
Record shot of the Wryneck along the Terrace, 22 Sep © Dean Jones

Lapland Bunting in typical rough grassland habitat in South West Field, 22 Sep © Richard Campey

It takes a lot of grass seeds to refuel after a flight from the Arctic! 22 Sep © Richard Campey

The Yellow Wagtail that graced Barton Field during the evening, 22 Sep © Dean Jones
Other sightings included:

13 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, a Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, 5 Skylark, 35 Swallow, 17 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 11 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Pied Wagtail, one unraced alba wagtail, a fly-over Grey Wagtail (near the Ugly), 55 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 8 Linnet, 74 Goldfinch and 32 Siskin.

Four hours of mist-netting in Millcombe yielded 30 new birds, of which 23 were Blackcaps. Also two Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest.

Sightings on the return crossing from Lundy to Ilfracombe included a feeding frenzy of 200 Gannet, plus two Bonxies.

Compiled from observations by Chris & Carol Baillie, Richard Campey and Dean Jones. Ringing totals supplied by Chris Dee.
Juvenile Blackbird, Martin Harman Jones's memorial bench, Millcombe, 22 Sep © Richard Campey

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