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Thursday 16 April 2015

16th April 2015 – Whitethroats & Sedge Warblers make landfall

A lively north-easterly sprang up overnight, which made conditions for ringing and birding difficult at times in Millcombe and along the East Side, though the wind eased down considerably in the afternoon. The island was still dripping in migrants, with minima of 150 Willow Warblers and 80 Chiffchaffs, while an estimated 200 Blackcaps were to be found anywhere and everywhere, from South West Field and Stoneycroft, down over the west sidelands, all along Quarter Wall, around Pondsbury, to Quarry Pond, the Terrace and Millcombe, and even out in the open fields and moorland. Together with the Phylloscs and Blackcaps were the first four Whitethroats of the spring, five Sedge Warblers (after the first on 10th), several Grasshopper Warblers (including a reeling bird in Millcombe), a female Pied Flycatcher feeding in the shelter of a sunny rock buttress down over the sidings near the Battery, at least three Common Redstarts (1m, 2f), one female Black Redstart, several White Wagtails and two early-morning fly-over Tree Pipits. Hirundine passage was notably lighter than yesterday, however. Lundy scarcities included a Rook cawing as it flew round and round high over the Village during the afternoon and a 1st-summer Black-headed Gull in the Landing Bay shortly before Oldenburg sailed. Other sightings of interest included 2 Teal on Pondsbury, 12 Puffins on the water at Jenny's Cove and a Dunlin and Common Sandpiper around Rat Island. Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Redshank all put in appearances again.
Observers: Paul Holt, Tony John and Tim Jones. Photos below: Tim Jones.

Blackcap in Millcombe
Whitethroat in Stoneycroft garden
Willow Warbler on gate in St Helen's Field

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