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Lundy Birds: twenty sixth September to 2nd October

This week has seen some sturdy winds and heavy rain,
notably on Friday thirtieth September and Saturday 1st October.

Regardless of some sturdy winds there haven’t been any
notably main falls of migrants this week.

A complete of 24 Oystercatchers had been noticed roosting
at excessive tide by Brazen Ward on the twenty eighth. 4 Golden Plover had been current
close to to the airfield on the twenty sixth and only one was seen on the twenty seventh and twenty eighth.
had been seen in singles on the twenty seventh, twenty ninth and thirtieth

11 Kittiwake had been seen from south west level alongside
with 5 Manx Shearwater on the twenty sixth. An grownup winter Sabine’s
flew previous the south west of the island about 700m offshore on the twenty seventh,
and the identical seawatch produced eight Kittiwake and 16 Gannets. Three
Lesser Black-backed Gull flew previous Millcombe on the twenty seventh and two had been
seen on the twenty eighth. One Fulmar was seen on the twenty seventh and a Razorbill
was seen feeding from North Mild on the thirtieth.

Sparrowhawk presence continues offering day by day
leisure round Millcombe and the east coast. Most days see not less than two
birds, however the highest whole this week was six birds on the twenty eighth.  A Merlin has additionally been current since
twenty eighth September. The native Kestrels are nonetheless seen day by day, with two on the
twenty eighth, and three of the native Peregrine Falcons had been seen on the first

Merlin, West Coast © Tom Wright
Sparrowhawk, East Coast © Tom Wright

Larger numbers of Skylark proceed with 10 on the twenty seventh
and 9 on the 2nd October. Swallow passage has been a lot quieter than
final week. Nevertheless, there have been a number of hundred passing over Millcombe at
dawn on the 2nd October and it’s attainable that these birds had roosted on
the island that night time. One Sand Martin was recorded on the twenty seventh
September and two Home Martins on the first October.

Warbler sightings have been fairly scarce, with small numbers
of Blackcap flitting concerning the brambles, the utmost being 18 birds on
the twenty ninth. One late Willow Warbler was noticed on the twenty ninth in Millcombe
and there have been two Chiffchaffs on the twenty eighth, 4 on the twenty ninth and 5 on
the thirtieth September. A Firecrest and a Treecreeper had been noticed on
the first and the weekend specifically has produced excessive numbers of Goldcrest
transferring by way of with 100 between Millcombe and the Quarry on Sunday 2nd

Treecreeper, Millcombe © Tom Wright
Firecrest, Millcombe © Tom Wright

The juvenile Rose-Colored Starling was final
noticed on the twenty ninth. One Ring Ouzel was recorded on the first October
calling on the Quarry. The primary Redwing of the yr flew over on the twenty seventh,
with one other seen sheltering from the sturdy winds close to Quarter Wall on the thirtieth.

There have been fewer wagtails passing over this week, with
single Gray Wagtails over on the twenty eighth and the twenty ninth and a excessive rely of
six Pied/White wagtails on the twenty ninth.
This week’s excessive rely of Meadow Pipits
was 86 on the twenty ninth. The best rely of Stonechat
was 13 on the 2nd. A late Wheatear
has been hanging on round quarter wall in direction of the tip of the week and two
different people had been seen on the north and south of the island on the 2nd.
There was a excessive rely of 10 Dunnock on the twenty eighth dispersed alongside the decrease
east. Finches have been seen in pretty massive combined flocks this week, with
counts of 39 Goldfinch on the 2nd October and 70 Linnet on the twenty ninth
September. Much like final week there have been 5 or 6 Chaffinches recorded most days.

Sunday 2nd October began very moist however became a scorching
sunny day with plenty of butterflies about. Essentially the most notable had been two clouded
yellow, one at South Mild and one in Millcombe.

S Cossey, R Ellis, T Wright, A Croudace

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