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Wednesday 29 October 2014

29 Oct – Migration in full swing; 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, Red-breasted Flycatcher

The weather chart for this morning, Wednesday 29th October showed a slow-moving, weak cold front stretching from the Bristol Channel across the UK, over the North Sea and Scandinavia right up to Finland, with a gentle easterly airflow covering Lundy – perfect conditions for a major arrival of birds on the island. Sure enough, a text from Rob Duncan has just arrived reporting migration in full swing, with a distinct eastern flavour:

"Another excellent day with good passage, including large numbers of Redwings, but also Chaffinches, Skylarks etc. A Lapland Bunting over St John's, also a Ring Ouzel there. We ringed about 100 birds, including 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Firecrest and two Stonechats. We saw 5 Yellow-browed Warblers. Red-breasted Flycatcher still by the Kashbah with another Firecrest. We counted over 2,000 Redwings, along with 500 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 45 Skylarks, 35 Song Thrushes, 2 Pied Wagtails, plus more Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs about (ringed double digits of both). One Grey Heron. Small numbers of Blackcaps but no Robins on the move."

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