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Sunday 9 September 2018

7th & 8th Sep – Modest Blackcap influx

Tony Taylor reports that the main feature of 7th was the arrival of at least 18 Blackcaps. Other migrants included 6 House Martins, 4 Goldcrests, 5 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher and a Tree Pipit calling over Millcombe.

There were no notable observations on the island itself on 8th, amidst damp and breezy conditions, but the return crossing to Ilfracombe brought two Common Terns soon after departure from Lundy, along with a single Storm Petrel and a scattering of Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Manx Shearwaters (one being chased by a Great Black-backed Gull) and Gannets.

Reflecting on the past two weeks, Tony comments, "The sea has looked very empty from the island throughout our visit. No significant feeding flocks, just the occasional Gannet. Shearwaters weren’t passing or gathering offshore: presumably having to travel some distance for food."

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