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Monday, 11 October 2021

11th Oct – Migration ramps up; Yellow-browed Warbler & eastern-race Lesser Whitethroat

Chris Baillie writes: 

"A light northerly breezes and a stunning sunny day saw the action increase. Highlights included an eastern race Lesser Whitethroat (see photos below) and single Yellow-browed Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting and Black Redstart. 350 Starlings included 200 heading out south, a steady flow of Siskins and a hint of winter with the first Brambling and Redwing. 65 House Martin and 123 Swallows. A Mediterranean Gull offshore, 50 Blackcaps and 30 Goldcrests. Robins were on the move (30) as were Meadow Pipits. Ringing totals 71 birds ringed: 36 Blackcaps, 10 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Robin, 3 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Stonechat, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Swallow and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler."

The Yellow-browed Warbler is the first of the autumn for Lundy.

Sightings contributed by Chris & Carol Baillie, Rob Duncan, Paul Holt and Jac Turner-Moss.

The first-winter, presumed eastern-race Lesser Whitethroat ringed on 11 Oct.
Shed body feathers were retained and sent for DNA analysis © Jac Turner-Moss

Blunt wingtip with short 2nd primary; also extensive brown on nape onto crown © Jac Turner-Moss

Abraded juvenile tail showing extensive white in the outermost feathers © Jac Turner-Moss

The tip of the 2nd primary falls approximately equal to the tip of the 7th primary © Jac Turner-Moss

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