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Thursday, 25 April 2019

23rd & 24th Apr – Migration in full swing but where are the Swallows?

The latest instalment of Lundy bird news, hot off the kyboard from island Warden Dean Woodfin Jones, covers a typically wide variety of late-April migrants, but hirundine numbers – and those of Swallow in particular – remain stubbornly low, perhaps reflecting challenging conditions further south:

Tuesday 23rd April

A rather pleasant day, with warm temperatures, blue skies and a light easterly breeze. Birds of note included 3 Whimbrel (2 above the Battery and 1 in the Devil’s Kitchen), 7 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, only 4 Swallow, 20 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 27 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (a control bird, ringed elsewhere in the UK – news of its place and date of ringing is eagerly awaited!), a female Goldcrest, a Black Redstart, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, 3 Yellow Wagtails (2 male and 1 female flavissima types), the female Brambling, 21 Goldfinch, 63 Linnet and a single Lesser Redpoll.

Unfortunately there was no further sign of the Pied Crow after about 16.00 hrs on 23rd; where will he/she turn up next? Only time will tell...

Post-script: The Pied Crow cofounded predictions of an onward trip to South Wales, or even a return to East Yorkshire, instead choosing to return to the North Devon mainland, where it was seen in Mortehoe on 25th, then neighbouring Woolacombe on 26th, where it was still present on 29th, affording excellent views along the sea front.

Wednesday 24th April

A rather soggy and blustery day. Lots of food off the east coast in the afternoon attracted some nice numbers of seabirds, including 19 Gannet, 53 Shag, 109 Manx Shearwater, 11 Kittiwake and c30 Razorbill.

Other birds of note include a Whimbrel over the Village in the afternoon, 8 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, the female Sparrowhawk, 2 Cuckoo (male & female), 4 Swallow, 14 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest (both female), a Fieldfare, a female Stonechat, 23 Goldfinch, 56 Linnet and a single Lesser Redpoll.

Cuckoo, Millcombe, 24 Apr 2019 © Dean Jones

Late news: A Wood Warbler was found near the Quarries by Viate, L’Amie, Charlotte Gillard, Rachel Pettit and Vicky McKenzie on 21st April.

Report composed of sightings from Rob Duncan, David Kightley, Neil & Andy Trout, Kevin Welsh and Dean Woodfin Jones.

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