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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

fifth to eleventh September – The primary rarity of Autumn

Continued sturdy southwesterlies and rain till
Thursday. Heat, calm and overcast from Friday.

with wading birds, single Ringed Plover have been heard flying over on the ninth and
tenth and a Curlew on the eleventh. Redshank and Turnstone have been heard flying over on
the ninth. A flock of 12 Dunlin have been seen flying over Pondsbury on the eleventh, two
have been on Pondsbury on the ninth and one flew over on the tenth. Snipe are getting
extra frequent within the moist areas of the island with three seen on the eleventh and two
on the fifth and sixth.

A 1st-year
Black-headed Gull was within the Touchdown Bay from the eighth to the eleventh. On the eighth,
a pale morph Arctic Skua was seen from the MS Oldenburg roughly 10
minutes from Lundy. A Guillemot flew previous the North Finish on the fifth together with
57 Gannets. Two Cormorant flew previous Rat Island on the sixth and three flew over
the Village on the tenth. Most Lesser Black-backed Gulls have now left the
island, nonetheless 26 have been seen round Rocket Pole Pond on the eleventh.

A Merlin
was recorded on the fifth and sixth. Two Kestrel and two Sparrowhawk are nonetheless
current this week. Swallows proceed to trickle south with no huge flocks seen
up to now. 20 have been counted on the eleventh and a Sand Martin was additionally seen heading

are getting much less frequent as the bulk have already reached Europe.
The very best rely this week was 5 on the ninth. 17 Blackcaps have been seen on the
ninth and 10 on the tenth. Single Whitethroat have been seen on the fifth and sixth.
Goldcrests  have been heard in Millcombe all
week with the very best rely of 9 on the ninth. Firecrest have additionally been seen
with one on the fifth, sixth and eighth and three on the ninth.

Starling flock has been spectacular this week with a excessive rely of 210 swirling
over the Lambing Shed collectively on the eleventh. Single Noticed Flycatchers have been
seen on the ninth and tenth and single Pied Flycatchers have been seen on the sixth and
ninth with at the very least six on the eleventh. Three Whinchat have been seen on the fifth and sixth,
presumably the identical birds remaining on the island through the sturdy winds. A
single Whinchat was seen on the tenth. A Redstart was current on the eleventh.
Wheatear proceed to maneuver by the island, with most showing to be of the
bigger Greenland race which breed in Greenland and Northern Canada.

Whinchat, Rocket Pole © Stuart Cossey

Single Yellow
have been recorded on the sixth, ninth and eleventh, with two seen flying over
on the tenth. Gray Wagtail have been heard flying over the island on the tenth and
eleventh. The very best counts of migrating Pied/White Wagtails have been 16 on the tenth,
eight on the eleventh and 6 on the ninth. 5 Tree Pipits flew south on the ninth,
three on the tenth and two on the eleventh. The very best rely of Meadow Pipits was
38 on the eleventh.

There has
been a small arrival of Chaffinches with seven seen round Millcombe on the
tenth. A number of massive flocks of Linnets have been seen with a complete of 90 counted
on the fifth and 70 on the tenth. The chicken of the week must be a juvenile Frequent
which was seen within the backside of Millcombe Valley on the ninth.

The most effective of
the non-avian information was a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, which was within the moth entice on
the sixth. Holly Blues have been seen on the fifth, sixth and tenth and two Hummingbird
have been seen in Millcombe on the ninth and eleventh. Gray Seal pups at the moment are being born so when visiting the island please remember round all seashores. Preserve quiet and don’t strategy or linger by any hauled out seals or pups. 

This week
we additionally mentioned farewell to our long-term volunteer Zach. He has been on the
island since April helping with monitoring our seabirds and welcoming
guests on the high of Jenny’s Cove. 

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, C Dee, B Rousseau, M and P Saul

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