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Friday 3 October 2014

3 Oct – Great Spotted Woodpecker plus 5 Oct update with final ringing totals

Friday 3rd October: As it was too windy for mist-netting in Millcombe or St John's Valley, Chris Dee and the other ringers mounted an expedition to the Terrace, where a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen around the quarries. The first for this year of what used to be an extraordinarily rare vagrant to Lundy, but which has become much more regular recently.

Update 5th October: An email from Chris confirms that he and his team ringed a grand total of 951 birds during their stay, from 23 Sep to 4 Oct, with daily totals ranging from just three on 3 Oct, to 195 the previous day. Altogether, some 26 species were ringed, with Swallow (296), Meadow Pipit (242), Blackcap (209) and Chiffchaff (77) between them accounting for more than 85% of the catch. Other species included Sedge Warbler (2), Grasshopper Warbler (4), Garden Warbler (3), Lesser Whitethroat (2), Redstart (3) and Treecreeper (1). Ringing on Lundy is coordinated and supported financially by the Lundy Field Society.

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