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Sunday, March 26, 2023

twenty fifth to thirty first July – Apparent wader migration

It has been a damp week with temperatures averaging
18° however with many of the days being overcast or with low cloud and fog.

It has been
one other attention-grabbing week throughout the Lundy Marine Pageant. The Marine
Photographer Paul Naylor gave an insightful speak on Friday night. For extra
updates from our Marine Pageant volunteers please learn their weblog at www.lundymarinefestival.org.uk/festival-wardens-blog.

slowly increase with autumn migration bringing in younger birds as they
migrate south or disperse to discover a territory of their very own. 
There has
been a drop within the variety of Swift seen with singles on the twenty eighth and thirty first and
pairs on the twenty sixth and thirtieth.

There has
been a giant enhance of wader sightings as they return from their breeding
grounds to the north to winter within the UK or additional south. A Whimbrel was
calling within the Touchdown Bay on the thirtieth and two Curlew had been seen on the twenty seventh.
Single Dunlin had been seen on twenty sixth and twenty ninth. Extra unusual waders embody
Turnstone on the twenty fifth flying over the Touchdown Bay and one other flew over the
Village on the night of the thirty first. Two Inexperienced Sandpipers had been flushed from
Rocket Pole Pond on the morning of the twenty ninth. One was then seen on Quarter Wall
Pond and one other calling round Pondsbury. Two Redshank had been heard calling over
the Village within the low cloud at round 9am on the thirtieth.

An grownup
Black-headed Gull was within the Touchdown Bay on the thirtieth. A younger Gray Heron was
seen by Pondsbury on the twenty ninth after which once more roosting on Authorities on the
morning of the thirty first.

Gray Heron enjoying with a feather, Pondsbury © Stuart Cossey

A number of extra
Sand Martins moved south with 4 on the twenty sixth and the primary Home Martin of
autumn was on the thirtieth. The very best depend of Swallows was 22 on the twenty seventh.
One other large fall of Willow Warblers arrived on the twenty sixth with 72+ counted throughout
the morning census. Additionally seen had been 4 Sedge Warblers. The remainder of the week
had been a lot decrease counts with 22 on the twenty fifth and between 10 and three on the twenty seventh
to thirty first. Different warblers embody two or three Chiffchaff every day and a male
Blackcap and two Whitethroat on the twenty seventh.

Willow Warbler, South West Subject © Stuart Cossey

The numbers
of Wheatear migrating by way of fluctuated by way of the week. The very best depend
was 50 on the twenty eighth together with 18 across the previous aerogenerator. Three White
arrived on the twenty ninth and spent the day in Barton Subject. Excessive counts of
Linnet this week reached 214 on the twenty seventh. A Lesser Redpoll was heard calling
round Millcombe on the morning of the twenty seventh.

Wheatear, Outdated Gentle Cemetery © Stuart Cossey

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, J Dunning, N Trout, R Miller, A and S Smith.

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