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Tuesday 29 April 2014

Tuesday 29th April 2014 plus news from earlier in April

The latest news from Richard Campey is that an overcast and windless morning brought with it a fresh arrival of migrants, including a Black Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail, at least two Tree Pipits, a male Reed Bunting at Brambles, and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and about 30 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs in Millcombe, which was "alive with singing Sedge Warblers" – at least 13 counted in the space of a few minutes! Also present were 3 Whimbrels and two Curlews in the Tillage Field.

Recent highlights from the logbook include:

14th April 2nd-summer Hen Harrier and two Merlins
16th April female Bullfinch trapped St John's Valley
17th April Reed Warbler trapped St John's Valley (a very early date for Lundy)
18th April Turtle Dove campsite, two Storm Petrels off North Light, and Coal Tit in Millcombe
21st April Cuckoo – calling at the Cheeses on the West Side (Neil Trout)
23rd April 2 Shelducks at the Rocket Pole (Neil Trout)

Monday 28 April 2014

Monday 28th April 2014

Richard Campey's 'new' species today were Tree Pipit, Lesser Redpoll and, in the Tillage Field, Whimbrel.

Sunday 27 April 2014

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April 2014

After a wet and windy day on Saturday, when a Merlin was the main highlight, Richard Campey says that today (27th) was an improvement weather-wise with a nice evening, but still quiet. The most interesting sightings were a Great Northern Diver in the Landing Bay, 3 Golden Plovers, a Jackdaw (rare on Lundy), a White Wagtail, a Common Whitethroat and about 30 Willow Warblers. Merlin still present.

Friday 25 April 2014

Friday 25th April 2014

Richard Campey reports a glorious morning with a gentle southerly that brought a "stonking male Marsh Harrier over the Rocket Pole", mobbed by a Raven, high up, as the harrier drifted north.

Later in the day, Richard sent through the following update:

Wheatear 60, Yellow Wagtail 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Common Whitethroat 11, Sedge Warbler 5, Common Redstart 2 (m & f), Wood Warbler 1. Lots of phylloscs about (c. 200) and 500+ Swallows. Tony John, over for a few days' ringing, caught a Sedge Warbler that had been ringed in France.

Plus "Late in the afternoon I had a male Hen Harrier being mobbed again by a Raven over the stonecrusher. Floated off north west".

Thursday 24 April 2014

Thursday 24th April 2014

Richard Campey arrived on the island today and reports a Siskin in Millcombe, four Golden Plovers over the Airfield, a Grasshopper Warbler at Pondsbury and a Sparrowhawk along the Terrace, as the highlights of his first afternoon.

Monday 14 April 2014

14/04/14 I finally saw some Puffins...

I was a bit late this year - the first Lundy puffins were seen almost a month ago.

Eight puffins on the land at Jenny's Cove this morning.

Friday 4 April 2014

Sandwich Terns

Yesterday was a great day with the successful release of three puffins at Gannet's Bay which were rescued from the winter storms and nursed back to health at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton.

The other highlight for me was seeing two Sandwich Terns feeding in the Landing Bay just before leaving on the return to Bideford.