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Tuesday 24 March 2020

17th to 23rd Mar – First Ring Ouzel and Blackcaps

With spring migration now well under way, Lundy Warden Dean Jones brings us up to date. Below is a selection of recent photos by Dean and Assistant Warden Rosie Ellis.

Spring is starting to pick up pace on the island with the first four Sand Martins of the year on the 18th, a Swallow on the 23rd over Quarter Wall, a Ring Ouzel next to the Stonecrusher on the 21st, small numbers of Wheatear on the 20th, a White Wagtail on the 20th in Tent Field and the first two Blackcap of the spring on the 17th.

Other sightings of note include up to 21 Teal on Pondsbury each day, five fly-over Cormorant on the 22nd, a lone Lapwing on Ackland's Moor every day from the 19th, small numbers of Puffin on a number of dates, a Stock Dove over Middle Park on the 22nd, a female Kestrel on 22nd, four Chiffchaff on the 22nd, singles of Fieldfare and Redwing on the 21st and 22nd, a peak of 19 Goldfinch on the 17th and small numbers of Linnet and Chaffinch moving through on days.

Non-avian news includes the first Peacock butterflies of the year, as well as 10 Black Oil Beetles along the Castle Parade path on the 23rd.

Lundy is currently closed to visitors until at least the end of April. The Landmark Trust's latest statement on the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here

Firecrest, Millcombe, 14 Mar © Dean Jones
Hooded Crow, Brick Field, 14 Mar © Dean Jones
Lapwing, Ackland's Moor, 21 Mar © Rosie Ellis
Ring Ouzel, near the Stonecrusher, 21 Mar © Rosie Ellis
Female Wheatear, Halfway Wall, 23 Mar © Dean Jones
Copulating Black Oil-beetles, Castle Parade, 23 Mar © Dean Jones

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