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Friday 12 October 2018

10th to 12th Oct – Two more Yellow-browed Warblers and a Turtle Dove ahead of Storm Callum

In a message that made it through despite the lashing that Storm Callum is delivering to Lundy and the North Devon mainland today, Warden Dean Jones reports:

"Very little showing bird wise here today unsurprisingly due to the mad winds. I’ve only managed to note a few Gannet offshore, one calling Blackcap and a House Martin overhead in Millcombe. Yesterday was much better after the rain stopped, though all and all both days have been rather quiet, with only scatterings of migrants such as Swallow, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Linnet, Goldfinch and Blackcap. There have been a few highlights however. There were two Yellow-browed Warblers yesterday (Thursday 11th), one in Millcombe and another on the Terrace, plus (on the same day) a single Firecrest feeding with a number of Goldcrest in St Helen’s Copse and a beautiful adult Turtle Dove in with the pigs on High Street. We also had the first Redwing of the year on the North West Point found by Matt Ridley on the 10th."

Turtle Dove, High Street (Tillage Field) pig sty, 11 Oct 2018 © Dean Jones

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