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This page is run by Lundy Bird Observatory (LBO) as a source of news for everyone interested in the birds and wildlife of Lundy, situated 12 miles out in the Bristol Channel, UK. If you have sightings to report, please consider sharing your observations or photographs with the Bird Obs team here. While you're here, check out the companion website The Birds of Lundy for comprehensive updates to the book of the same name (Davis & Jones, 2007). All bird recording and ringing activities on Lundy are coordinated by LBO and general information about visiting the island can be found here.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

9th Oct – A beautiful but quiet autumn day

Today brought largely clear and sunny skies and though the south-west wind was still pretty blustery at dawn it dropped steadily during the day and backed to the south.

'Quiet' is probably the best way to describe the day bird-wise; there had been an evident further clearout of noctural migrants, with Millcombe holding just a handful of Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps and the Lower East Side Path, taking in St Helen's Copse, Quarter Wall Copse and the Terrace, only adding a few more and there was certainly no sign of the Green Warbler in spite of careful checking. Diurnal migration was extremely sparse, featuring just five Swallows, four Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail and about 30 Meadow Pipits. Best sightings of the day were a late female/1st-winter (Common) Redstart just below the Terrace, a Willow Warbler in St Helen's Copse, and two immature Mediterranean Gulls in the Landing Bay seen by Dean Jones and Jon Turner from the decks of MS Oldenburg as she arrived shortly before noon. A Clouded Yellow on the Terrace was amongst an unseasonably strong showing of six butterfly species.

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