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Friday 22 March 2019

20th to 22nd Mar – First Willow Warblers and calling Manx Shearwaters

Lundy Warden Dean Woodfin Jones writes:

"Wednesday and Thursday were both very mucky days with thick fog and mist engulfing the island from dawn to dusk. Unsurprisingly there wasn’t much birding to be had as visibility was really poor, especially Thursday where I struggled to see the Island General Stores from the office window... A few birds did manage to find the island through the murk, however, namely Chiffchaff with a small arrival of 9 on the 20th, (6 on the 21st), Goldfinch (10 on the 21st), a single Sand Martin on the 20th (all from the Millcombe area) and a number of Manx Shearwater which were heard calling from the clag in the late evening.

Today was a much more pleasant affair with warmer temperatures and sunny spells and although the birds lacked the tail winds today, we have had a lovely day of passage.

Birds of note: 2 Peregrines this morning chasing Meadow Pipits through the Helicopter Field (total of 133 today). Additionally there was a beautiful female Sparrowhawk in Millcombe early this morning, 22 Woodpigeon (including a flock of 18 off the East Side), 12 Pied Wagtail (and 5 fly-over alba types), 10 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Wheatear (2 males and 2 females), 22 Skylark, 10 Goldcrest, 64 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler in Millcombe (the first of the year), 3 Blackcap on the Terrace (also the first of the year), 1 Song Thrush, 9 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch and 2 Linnet."

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