eleventh to seventeenth April – Unusual spring migrants and wonderful ringing days


11 April

Overcast with robust easterly winds.

Robust winds
within the morning meant that the morning census was quiet however migration picked up
within the afternoon with the primary Whitethroat
of the 12 months seen in Millcombe Valley. Different warblers seen included 4 Willow Warblers, one Chiffchaff
and 13 male and 6 feminine Blackcaps.

Different birds
seen embrace a Dunlin at Pondsbury,
a feminine Merlin, 5 Swallows and 122 Meadow Pipit together with a
flocks of 46 and 60.

12 April

Overcast and moist within the morning with
reasonable westerly winds. Heat and shiny within the afternoon.

A superb
day for birds on Lundy. The mixture of morning rain and sunny afternoon
produced some fascinating migrants.

was pretty quiet very first thing with 9 Willow
Warblers, six Chiffchaff and 11 male and two feminine Blackcaps seen. A feminine Ring
Ouzel was seen beneath Authorities.
Additional up the island, a Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit flew over
Quarter Wall and 4 Sand Martin, two Swallows and two Home Martin have been recorded.

strolling up from the Touchdown Bay with some college students a Sandwich Tern was seen
near the shore. The stroll then went to Jenny’s Cove the place Warden Rosie
identified a small gray chook rafting with the Kittiwakes. It was distant however scope and flight views confirmed it
as a Gray Phalarope. Solely the fifteenth Lundy document and the primary April document.

At Pondsbury
have been a male and two feminine Teal, two
calling Water Rail, a Snipe  and most unusually a Sanderling. A feminine Merlin
was additionally seen.

Feminine Merlin, West Coast © Stuart

To complete of
the day a pair of Canada Geese circled over MS Oldenburg as she
was departing and a Redwing went in
to roost in Gorse above Quarter Wall Copse.

migrants seen included 91 Meadow Pipit, 20 Goldfinch and 41 Linnet.

13 April

Poor visibility all day with gentle
southwesterly winds

Very poor
visibility decreased the variety of migrant birds seen to 9 Willow Warbler, three Chiffchaff
and eight Blackcaps. A complete of 39 Linnet have been seen with many of those now
prone to be resident birds with a variety of male singing amongst the Gorse.

totals: 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 21 Blackcap

14 April

Overcast with gentle winds from the south

A busier day
after yesterday’s fog. Three Grasshopper
Warblers have been hear ‘reeling’. One
was by Rocket Pole, one other by Pointless Wall and the third was in Millcombe.
Different warblers recorded embrace 30 Willow
Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff and 45 Blackcaps. A male Redstart
was new in right this moment and was seen foraging alongside the wall in South West Area.

Male Redstart, South West Area © Stuart

displaying visitors Puffins at Jenny’s
Cove, a Collared Dove landed on one of many Cheeses
earlier than heading north tailed by a Peregrine.
On the finish of the day a Tree Pipit was seen in Millcombe.

Collared Dove, Jenny’s Cove © Stuart

Different birds
of word embrace a Kestrel, 57 Sand Martin, 19 Swallows, 38 Goldfinch and 28 Linnet.

totals: 15 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 35 Blackcap together with one with a Danish ring,
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Robin, 1 Linnet

15 April

Heat with continued gentle winds from the

A busy day
for warbler migration with totals of 40 Willow
Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, two Grasshopper
Warbler and 60 Blackcaps. Different migrating birds included six Sand Martin, 5 Swallows, seven Home Martin and a Yellow Wagtail in Barton Area. Finches have been additionally on the transfer with 38 Goldfinch, two Siskin and 53 Linnet

A Nice Northern Diver was off the East
Coast, a Sparrowhawk flew alongside the
Terrace and a feminine Merlin and Kestrel have been over Ackland’s Moor.

totals: 24 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 57 Blackcap,
1 Robin, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Stonechat

Sedge Warbler, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

16 April

Calm with slight southerly winds. The
hottest day of the 12 months up to now with temperatures hitting 16°C.

It was a
busy day in Millcombe with warblers all over the place. The ultimate counts throughout the
island have been 60 Willow Warblers, 30 Chiffchaff and 150 Blackcap.
A Whitethroat was additionally heard calling
at Pondsbury.

At Jenny’s
Cove the seabird counts are nonetheless low with 140 Kittiwake, 700 Guillemot,
200 Razorbill, 51 Puffin and 42 Fulmar. Different birds of word embrace a Kestrel over Ackland’s Moor, two Sand Martin, three Swallows, a Home Martin and 38 Linnet.

Non avian
information a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was sadly discovered lifeless
within the Tavern. This usually day-flying species typically migrates to the UK from
Southern Europe. Often quick fliers, this gave a superb alternative to see the
species up shut.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth © Stuart

totals: 47 Willow Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff, 104 Blackcap,
3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Track Thrush

17 April

Overcast with reasonable winds from the

On the
morning census a feminine Marsh Harrier was seen flying north in direction of
Pondsbury. It was then seen heading east over Brick Area mobbed by 12 Herring Gulls. A Collared Dove was sitting on Quarter Wall.

Feminine Marsh Harrier, Quarter Wall  © Stuart Cossey

It was a
sluggish begin to the day with the bulk warbler arrival selecting up within the
afternoon. Totals of fifty Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff and 50 Blackcap
have been recorded. Although the Terrace gave the impression to be the place to be with Sparrowhawk, Wooden Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Goldcrest
recorded within the Willows. Different migrants embrace 4 Sand Martin, 12 Swallows and 41 Linnets.

Numbers of Wheatear have additionally picked up right this moment with
20 seen away from breeding areas. There additionally a couple of people displaying traits
of the Greenland race. These birds have been bigger and had brighter chests.
Greenland Wheatears have one of many longest migratory routes of any land chook,
annually touring from Sub-Saharan Africa to Greenland or Northern Canada to

totals: 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap,
2 Goldfinch

S Cossey, C Dee, T Taylor, A Taylor, R Ellis, Z Wait, L Pirateque, S Prettyman,
P Murrell, D Dowding, J Cox, P Bullock


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