Chris and Carol Baillie's stay on Lundy was extended by a day with the arrival on 21st of Storm Brian, which Chris described as a "humdinger"! Thus no boat and no helicopter, and generally few birds around, with no thrush movements as yet. Chris did an hour's seawatch from the castle during the storm but didn't see a single bird – "my worst seawatch yet on Lundy"!
Mallard – 11 (nine females and two males).
Great Northern Diver – yesterday's bird still present off the East Side.
Kittiwake – 31.
Swallow – 26.
Starling – 80 (most likely the resident island population of adults and this year's young)
Chaffinch – 90 (compared to 250 the day before).
Siskin – 55 (82 the day before).
21st October (WSW gale most of the day):
Great Northern Diver – one still present off the East Side.
Sparrowhawk – two.
Oystercatcher – 18 off the East Side flying eastwards.
Black Redstart – a female or immature bird.
Sparrowhawk – one.
Merlin – one.
Lundy fungi guru John Hedger, at his coastal home near Ullapool in north-west Scotland, reported the arrival of "Fieldfares and Scandinavian Blackbirds in force" on 23rd Oct, so they're on their way!
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This page is run by Lundy Bird Observatory (LBO) as a source of news for everyone interested in the birds and wildlife of Lundy, situated 12 miles out in the Bristol Channel, UK. If you have sightings to report, please consider sharing your observations or photographs with the Bird Obs team here. While you're here, check out the companion website The Birds of Lundy for comprehensive updates to the book of the same name (Davis & Jones, 2007). All bird recording and ringing activities on Lundy are coordinated by LBO and general information about visiting the island can be found here.