Lundy Chicken Observatory: Lundy Chicken Observatory Replace – twenty fourth


Robust winds have prohibited any ringing this week. Regardless of the big westerly climate methods of late, Luke managed to uncover a Yellow-breasted Bunting between the pigsty and airfield associating with Meadow Pipits. This can be a chook breeding within the far east, Siberia, and is the third document for Lundy after two within the Eighties. The big hole in information adopted the species’ catastrophic collapse in vary and inhabitants resulting from huge over-harvesting (for meals) within the wintering grounds, significantly in China. As a very thrilling document, a small twitch assembled on the twenty sixth, however sadly it hasn’t reappeared for anybody aside from Luke, the unique finder.

Mega document of a primary winter Yellow-breasted Bunting with a Meadow Pipit. © Luke Marriner

Not less than one Purple-eyed Vireo has remained in Millcombe, together with one ringed Wryneck, each seen on the twenty sixth. The Rose-coloured Starling seems to have left us now, with no sightings within the week because the twentieth.

Ringed Purple-eyed Vireo in Smelly Gully. © Angus Croudace 

Not less than two Water Rail are nonetheless heard calling each day in Millcombe, with a person heard up close to Quarters as effectively on the twenty sixth. A single Ringed Plover which seems to have been round many of the month was once more picked up calling over the east/Millcombe. A Turnstone was seen from the Touchdown Bay on the twenty sixth. Two Gray Heron are nonetheless current.

A seawatch from the fortress within the very windy Storm Agnes on the twenty seventh produced round 80 every of Nice Black-backed Gull and Gannet heading south down the east coast after which turning into the wind on the fortress, in addition to two Cormorant, a single Manx Shearwater and most excitingly a single Balearic Shearwater which is the primary of the 12 months for Lundy. Lesser Black-backed Gull have began to be picked up a little bit extra this week, with 4 on the twenty fourth, and 17 on the twenty sixth. 

A feminine Sparrowhawk remains to be seen often between Outdated Mild and the village, in addition to alongside the east coast. Not less than two Kestrel and three Peregrine are additionally nonetheless seen often.

Skylark began transferring by means of in good numbers on the finish of final week with a peak of 56 on the twenty second. We’re nonetheless recording about 20 birds south of Quarter Wall every day this week, though these are largely birds which can be sticking across the airfield and SW subject – they have not moved on but, probably remaining native till beneficial climate presents itself once more for them to maneuver on. Meadow Pipit counts have been a few hundred every day with giant flocks across the airfield.

The small hirundine trickle continues, and we’re nonetheless shocked to not have had a giant day of passage but, particularly seeing as not too distant on the mainland there have been some giant actions recorded. The twenty sixth noticed our highest totals because the twenty second, with 120 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin and 11 Home Martin.

Millcombe has been a lot quieter because the Blackcap fall final week, with 15 Blackcaps left on the twenty fourth and simply two on the twenty seventh. One Chiffchaff has remained within the decrease backyard, and counts of Goldcrest south of Quarter wall have been round a dozen every day. One Ring Ouzel was picked up on the twenty fourth and twenty fifth. A Noticed Flycatcher has been current because the twenty fifth, with one other on the terrace on the twenty sixth. About twelve Crossbills had been reported flying low over Millcombe on the twenty sixth. Above Millcombe a Whinchat and Yellow Wagtail stay in Barton’s Subject, and one Gray Wagtail additionally flew overhead on the twenty sixth.

Noticed Flycatcher, Millcombe © Angus Croudace

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