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Sunday 26 March 2017

25th March – Strong Meadow Pipit passage

Tim Davis and Tim Jones report 41 Puffins in Jenny's Cove and a strong passage of Meadow Pipits amounting to 500 birds, including 300 moving north in the lee of the West Side in the early morning. Other sightings included 22 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, a Lapwing flying in off the sea at Jenny's Cove, 2 Jackdaws over the East Side and a female Siskin in the camping field. The Great Northern Diver and Red-necked Grebe were still present in the Landing Bay.

Meadow Pipits in Middle Park © Tim Jones

A brief visit to the shearwater study colony near Old Light, on a beautiful, moonless but starlit night, revealed the presence of calling Manx Shearwaters and birds of breeding age already visiting their nesting burrows. Two individuals ringed in previous years were retrapped. During the afternoon, Tony Taylor, Dean Jones and the two Tims had completed a pre-season check of the shearwater nestboxes installed in 2016, some of which already showed signs of visitation this year.

Lundy Warden Dean Jones maps and marks a shearwater nestbox © Tim Davis
Nestboxes in situ, the entrances are buried piping to one side © Tim Davis
Lundy shearwater maestro Tony Taylor out on patrol © Tim Davis

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