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seventh to thirteenth November – First Barn Owl report since 1981

Robust winds continued from the southwest all week with
calmer winds from the southeast on the twelfth.

The Wigeon
remained on Pondsbury till the eighth with three Teal seen on the eighth and twelfth. Not less than 16 Mallard are current on the island with flocks at Rocket Pole Pond and
Pondsbury. A single Woodpigeon was
seen in Millcombe on the eighth, ninth and twelfth. A flock of 10 Oystercatcher had been on the North Finish on the twelfth and a Lapwing was seen over the Village and
in Tillage Subject on the identical date. Snipe
had been recorded on the tenth, twelfth and thirteenth. The Little Egret was seen
once more in Millcombe Pond on the eighth. A Purple
Sandpiper was seen on Rat Island on
the eighth. It’s possible that Purple Sandpiper are fairly widespread on Lundy in
winter however are tough to see because the spend most of their time across the again
of Rat and Mouse Island.

Flocks of feeding gulls had been seen off the East Aspect on the
ninth, tenth and twelfth. These principally comprised of Kittiwakes with 600 counted on the ninth. A single flock of 54 Herring Gulls had been on Miller’s Cake on the thirteenth. Three Manx Shearwaters and a Balearic
flew previous Rat Island on the tenth together with 70 unidentified

Two Sparrowhawk
stay on the island, often being seen collectively over Millcombe looking
exhausted migrant Redwing and Chaffinch. Two Kestrel have additionally been seen. The juvenile Hen Harrier has been
seen looking over the Quarter Wall space all week, often flushing up Snipe and thrushes. The Jackdaw has additionally been seen all this
week. Most stunning this week was a Barn
, which was heard screeching
over the Village at 17:30 on the thirteenth. This contains the tenth island report
and first since 1981. Most data have been in November and most certainly contain
younger birds dispersing to seek out new territories.

Hen Harrier, Tillage Subject © Stuart Cossey

Single determine counts of Skylark
had been seen most days with a excessive rely of 20 on the twelfth. A Swallow was recorded round Jenny’s Cove and the Earthquake on the
twelfth and thirteenth. Blackcap are nonetheless
being recorded with 10 counted on the twelfth. Two had been recorded on the seventh,
singles on the eighth and ninth and 4 on the thirteenth. Single Chiffchaff had been recorded on the seventh, eighth and ninth, then 4 and
5 had been counted on the twelfth and thirteenth respectively. Low numbers of Goldcrest proceed to be recorded in
Millcombe and Quarter Wall Copse. A Yellow-browed
was seen close to the Terrace on the twelfth.

There was a noticeable enhance in migrant thrushes,
although nonetheless not the big numbers anticipated right now of 12 months. The very best
counts had been on the twelfth and thirteenth. 23 Blackbird
and 65 Redwing had been recorded on the
twelfth. 160 Redwing had been recorded on
the thirteenth together with two Mistle Thrush and 11 Fieldfare. The very best rely of Track Thrush was three on
the eighth.

Single Black Redstart had been recorded on the eighth and
thirteenth. A complete of 4 had been seen round North Mild on the twelfth. A Gray Wagtail was seen at Millcombe Pond on the twelfth. A White Wagtail was in Barton Subject from the seventh to the ninth. On the thirteenth, three
Pied Wagtails had been seen in Barton Subject.

Black Redstart, Touchdown Bay © Stuart Cossey

Finch migration has been regular all week with an enormous motion
on the twelfth together with 1036 Chaffinch,
4 Brambling, 178 Siskin and 24 Linnet. Round 100 Chaffinch
had been counted the remainder of the week. A small flock of three Lesser Redpoll had been seen
on the ninth. A Reed Bunting was by Pondsbury on the eighth.

Siskin, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

In non-avian information, a Small
White butterfly was seen in Millcombe
on the twelfth and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth was in the identical space on the
thirteenth. Gray Seals proceed to haul out on Touchdown Bay Seashore, permitting good views from the highway, when you stay quiet.

Gray Seal, Touchdown Bay © Stuart Cossey

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Matt Stritch, Ruth Turner, Paul

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