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thirty first October to sixth November – A quick window of calm amidst sturdy winds

Sturdy winds from the southwest all week till lessening
on the 4th and turning northerly on the fifth. Rapidly again to sturdy southwesterlies
on the sixth. Rain, typically heavy, on most days however normally passing by

The Wigeon
remained at Pondsbury once more this week, being seen on the thirty first and the 4th. A
single Teal was additionally current on the
4th. Regardless of the various 1000’s of Woodpigeon
migrating throughout the nation just one was recorded from the 2nd to the 4th. A Inventory Dove was seen flying over Ackland’s Moor on the 4th. Additionally on the
4th, a Lapwing flew over the Village
and a Golden Plover was calling over Excessive Road Subject. No less than two Water Rail proceed to be heard in Millcombe Valley. The Jackdaw was nonetheless being seen as much as the

216 Kittiwakes
have been counted throughout a seawatch on the 2nd together with one Manx Shearwater and 59
Gannet. A Nice Northern Diver arrived
within the Touchdown Bay on the 2nd and has been seen as much as the sixth, typically proper
below the Jetty. A Little Egret, solely the second of the 12 months, was
seen roosting in Millcombe on the night of the fifth after which once more in a number of
places on the sixth.

Three Sparrowhawk
have been famous on the third with two or one the remainder of the week. No less than two Kestrel have been current all week. The
juvenile Hen Harrier was seen on the thirty first after which once more over Pondsbury on the

Sparrowhawk, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey
Kestrel, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

A single Swallow
was seen on the thirty first and once more on the first round Quarter Wall. Sadly it appeared
to be struggling within the sturdy winds and was feeding on the bottom with a flock
of Starlings. Two Chiffchaff have been
current on the third with singles on the thirty first, 1st and 4th. Blackcap are nonetheless trickling by, the very best depend being 9
on the third. Fewer Goldcrest are
being seen with excessive counts of eight on the thirty first and the third. The chook of the
week needs to be the considerably stunning Pallas’s
Warbler which turned up in
the mist nets in Millcombe on the third. This 6.2g chook would have come all of the
means from Siberia and is just the seventh file for Lundy.

Pallas’s Warbler, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

With the winds turning northerly on the 4th, thrushes
began pushing south. 166 Redwing,
39 Fieldfare, seven Music Thrush, 30 Blackbird,
two Mistle Thrush and a Ring Ouzel have been counted. Decrease counts have been
had the remainder of the week. A Ring Ouzel was additionally recorded on the thirty first. Black Redstart have been a standard theme of the week with three on the first, two
on the third and sixth and one on the 2nd.

Redwing, Quarter Wall © Stuart Cossey
Black Redstart, Benjamin’s Chair © Stuart Cossey

4 White Wagtails have been recorded in Barton’s
Subject on the thirty first and one remained on the first. Gray Wagtails have been seen
on the third and 4th. Chaffinch are
nonetheless on the island in large numbers although they’re slowly leaving. 772 on the
thirty first grew to become 378 on the first after which dropped to 76 on the fifth. Flocks have been
transferring by in earlier than a rain entrance on the sixth leading to a depend of 305. Numbers
of different finches are nonetheless shockingly low. Single Brambling have been recorded from the first with two on the fifth. The excessive
depend of Goldfinch was eight on the
thirty first and equally solely two Linnet
have been seen on the thirty first after which the 4th. 25 Siskin
have been recorded on the thirty first however numbers in November have to date peaked at seven
on the third. One Lesser Redpoll was seen on the thirty first and
one other on the first. A Reed Bunting was seen at Pondsbury on the
thirty first and once more on the third and 4th. A Snow
Bunting was on the principle monitor in direction of
the North Finish on the 3th.

In non-avian information, two Painted
Girl have been seen on the thirty first and
singles on the first and 4th. A Vagrant
Emporer Dragonfly was seen at Pondsbury on the thirty first. A single Harbour Porpoise was off the South Gentle on the first.

John Hedger and Mandy Dee have been over on the island this
week and led a fungus foray on the third with 39 species discovered together with Meadow Puffball, Scarlet Waxcap, Orange Waxcap, Snowy Waxcap and Yellow Membership. They’ve additionally
recognized seven new species for the island throughout their keep.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Chris Baillie, Chris Dee, Mandy
Dee, John Sealy, John Hedger

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