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Sunday, 17 May 2015

9th to 16th May – Bird highlights from A Rocha's 'Wild Lundy' week

Thanks to Chris Baillie for this update on bird highlights from the A Rocha 'Wild Lundy' week that came to an end yesterday, Saturday 16th May.

A Little Egret flying south off the East Side on 11th was followed by 2 resting in Jenny’s Cove on 13th. A Turtle Dove on 10th was thought probably the same individual seen on 13th and 16th. On 12th the Black Guillemot was off the Sugar Loaf, relatively far out from the island. In addition to the 2 Little Egrets, the 13th was notable with a strong passage of Swallows and singles of Hoopoe, Golden Oriole (considered a 1st year male), Whinchat, Redstart, Bullfinch (superb male) and Wood Warbler. The day was rounded off with 15 Great Skua flying north together well out from the West Side. Two recurring colour-ringed Kittiwakes were noted (AV now 16 years since being ringed). Birds singing throughout the week included Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler, but it was not evident that any of this involved continuous residence by any individuals. At least two pairs of Goldfinch were supplemented by other birds. Spotted Flycatcher was recorded daily, with a maximum of 5. Puffin maximum count was 75, but this was clearly less than the actual number. The sea seemed generally quiet with few Gannets (some porpoises but no dolphins) and auks etc. apparently feeding mostly well away from the island. Plenty of Manx Shearwater activity at night.

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