Dean Jones swings back into action on the blog with all the news from the last four days of September. Ringing numbers provided by team leader Chris Dee.
Light to moderate northerly winds in the morning, shifting north-westerly in the mid-afternoon. A dry day with clear skies for most.
|A record shot of the year's first Dotterel, in South West Field, 27 Sep © Matt Stritch|| |
|Whinchat, South West Field, 27 Sep © Dean Jones|
A light to moderate westerly wind in the morning swinging north-westerly by the evening. Clear but overcast for the first hour or so in the morning, followed by a thick mist and fog which enveloped the island for most of the day – give or take a few clearer spells.
A much quieter bird day with most of yesterday’s migrants having cleared out overnight and, of course, reduced visibility due to the weather.
Highlights included a huge Bluefin Tuna which was seen fully breaching just offshore from Rat Island during a brief, mist-free spell just after noon.
Other sightings of note included the first Redwing of the year in Millcombe, two Water Rail in Millcombe, a lone Snipe, a single Willow Warbler in the Laundry Garden Privet, seven Swallow, three Goldcrest, eight Pied Wagtail in the Camping Field, twelve Goldfinch, four Siskin and two fly-over Redpoll.
Eight birds were ringed before the mist descended, among them four Blackcap and two Chiffchaff.
Finally, 30 moths of 17 species were caught in the Millcombe Heath trap. Highlights were singles of Delicate and Silver Y and the second record of Mecyna asinalis for the island.
|Lundy's East Side in all its autumn splendour, 29 Sep © Dean Jones|
|One of the two Yellow-browed Warblers present on the island, Terrace, 29 Sep © Dean Jones|
|This excellent candidate for the leucorhoa (Greenland and Iceland) race of Northern |
Wheatear dropped into Paradise Row this morning, 29 Sep © Dean Jones
|Dunnock in the beautiful morning light, Millcombe, 29 Sep © Dean Jones|
Non-avian sightings included five Harbour Porpoise in the Southern Races in the evening.
A very wet day with frequent squalls, periods of thick mist and one or two heavy downpours up until the mid-afternoon, followed by sunny spells and light showers. Strong to moderate south-west/westerly winds throughout.
|A Grey Wagtail braving the rain, 30 Sep © Dean Jones|