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Friday 25 May 2018

25th May – Singing male Common Rosefinch in Millcombe

Earlier this morning Tony Taylor discovered that yesterday's report from another visitor, of brief views of a singing male Redpoll, in fact referred to a "stunning red male Common Rosefinch shouting out his presence" at the top of Millcombe, near to the start of the Upper East Side Path. It was seen later in Millcombe by Lundy Warden Dean Jones and others.

Tony has also confirmed successful breeding by Teal for the fourth successive year, whilst other records for the day included: 7 Collared Doves, a reported Turtle Dove, 18 House Martins, 12 Swallows, 2 Whitethroats, a Blackcap, 4 Spotted Flycatchers and Manx Shearwaters flying north off the East Side during the evening at a rate of nearly 20 per minute. Update: The Woodchat Shrike was photographed by Jo Alexander.

Male Common Rosefinch, Millcombe, 25 May 2018 © Dean Jones

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