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Sunday 22 April 2018

20th April - more common migrants, a few firsts for the year and a Minke Whale

Chris Dee reports more common migrants on Lundy today, but fewer than yesterday. There were an estimated 30 Chiffchaff, 40 Willow Warbler and 40 Blackcap in Millcombe. Also in Millcombe were single singing Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and the first Firecrest of the year. A Tree Pipit flew over during the morning, another first for the year, and the warden Dean Jones found a Nightingale in the afternoon. Very light hirundine passage was observed during the afternoon, with 30 Swallow and a House Martin noted. These were accompanied by 2 Swift hacking north low over the plateau. There were no auk counts today due to heavy sea fog obscuring the cliffs despite the top of the island being in bright sunshine.
Dean also found a Minke Whale that breached twice as it crossed the landing bay and headed round Rat Island in mid-morning.
In perfect conditions for mist-netting, 75 birds were ringed, including the Sedge Warbler.

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