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Friday 19 October 2018

19th Oct – Red-eyed Vireo

A few additions from Dean Jones for yesterday's post are a Yellow-browed Warbler in St Helen's Copse (photo below), a Black Redstart in Pigs allotments, the female Great Spotted Woodpecker photographed on Sue Waterfield's seed feeders at Pigs, a "good number" of Redwings, the first evident passage of Starlings (410), and eight Reed Buntings, mostly around Pondsbury and Quarter Wall.

The undoubted highlight of, as Andy Jayne put it, "a generally quiet day in summer-like weather" was a Red-eyed Vireo in upper Millcombe, first seen in mid-afternoon when photographed by Dean Jones (see pictures below), and again for five minutes at 17.50. The eighth record on Lundy of this North American songbird, the last occurrence was in 2005 when one in Millcombe on 29th & 30th September was caught and ringed on 4th October and still present on 6th. Hopefully today's bird, which proved elusive after the first sighting, will stay around for at least another day.

Other birds recorded included a ringtail Hen Harrier, two Redshanks, two Firecrests, two late Willow Warblers and five Bramblings.

Red-eyed Vireo, Millcombe, 19th Oct © Dean Jones
Red-eyed Vireo, Millcombe, 19th Oct © Dean Jones
Yellow-browed Warbler, St Helen's Copse, 19th Oct © Dean Jones
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pigs, 19th Oct © Dean Jones

Observations contributed by Andy Jayne and Dean Jones.

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