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Sunday 29 October 2017

28th & 29th Oct – quieter days but a Red-breasted Flycatcher

Andy Jayne, struggling with both an intermittent signal and gusting wind, managed to get the following abbreviated updates through on a quieter couple of days:

28th October:
Little Egret – one.
Lapwing – three.
Woodcock – one.
Merlin – one.
Firecrest – seven.
Lesser Whitethroat – one.
Black Redstart – one.
Red-breasted Flycatcher – one.
Redwing – 800.
Fieldfare – 150. 
Brambling – three.
Hawfinch – one.

In addition, either a Tree Pipit or an Olive-backed Pipit seen twice in flight over Millcombe in the early afternoon – "tantalizing" as Andy put it.

29th October:
Merlin – one.
Firecrest – at least three.
Coal Tit – one in Millcombe and later in Benjamin's Chair feeding on a rock face in company with a Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. (The Coal Tit was another Lundy first for Warden Dean Jones!)
Black Redstart – one at South Light (found by Dean Jones).
Wheatear – one at South Light (found by Dean Jones).
Redwing and Chaffinch – "a few".
Hawfinch – four.

...and a probable Olive-backed Pipit in St Helen's Combe.

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