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Friday 26 May 2023

Lundy Bird Observatory Update - 26 May 2023

A magical spring day to explore the island with stunning conditions and good birds to be found! Pick of the bunch was a Red-throated Pipit around Punchbowl Valley and Pondsbury. First located by call and seen in flight at 1435 and again at 1525. Later, a stonking male Grey-headed Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail thunbergi race) graced St Helen's Field, following the hoofs of ponies between periods of retreating to the juncus.  Elsewhere, 2 Greenland Wheatear again in Lighthouse Field, Cuckoo Quarter Wall and a thin movement  of waders totalled 3 Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin. Although hirundine numbers were down considerably, Swallow outnumbered House Martin for the first time in 6 days (with 104 and 51 respectively). Millcombe and the south east copses feature twos of Collared DoveWillow and Sedge Warbler. 12 Spotted Flycatcher  remained for another day and three White Wagtail and a female flavissima Yellow Wagtail rounds of the common migrant tally.

Grey-headed Wagtail (ssp. thunbergi) © Richard Campey

Another busy bird log in the Tavern © Ella Berry

Contributors: Joe Parker, Luke Marriner, Chris & Carol Baillie, Tim Davis, Richard Campey, Tim Jones, Tony & Ann Taylor, Rich & Rebecca Taylor, Steve Wing, Paul Bullock, Darrin Dowding

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