Lundy Chicken Observatory: Lundy Chicken Observatory Replace


Autumn migration continues to maneuver by way of the gears with a double Hippolais warbler day and loads of frequent migrants on present over the previous couple of days. Storm Petrel ringing is now winding down after an eye-opening season. Newest totals presently sit at 538 new birds ringed this 12 months (comfortably exceeding the all-time ringing complete of 491 between 1947-2022). Throw in all of the re-traps and recoveries and we have dealt with 642 completely different people(!), and a latest run of controls has additionally seen birds from France, Jersey and Alderney! One other good seabird restoration got here from a Manx Shearwater re-trapped on the Outdated Gentle colony which was initially ringed in its first-year at Wooltack Level, Pembrokeshire in September 2013.

Storm Petrel (foreground) and Manx Shearwater (backgorund) © Luke Marriner 

Turning to passerines, Pied Flycatchers have been recorded in small numbers on a regular basis with a max rely of 5 on twenty seventh. Noticed Flycatcher have been equally current, additionally peaking at 5 people on 29-Thirtieth and Redstart have been pushing by way of in smaller numbers, with singles logged throughout the Terrace and Millcombe on twentieth, Twenty eighth and Thirtieth. Tree Pipit motion overhead has been sluggish and regular with ones and twos recorded most days. A change of tempo got here on the twenty third when a Melodious Warbler was trapped and ringed within the valley. A second (unringed) ‘Melody’ then popped up alongside the decrease east coast on the twenty seventh and an Icterine Warbler graced Millcombe between 27-Twenty eighth whereas a Frequent Nightingale (scarce migrant on Lundy – solely the seventh document this century!) skulked across the bracken to the north of the Quarries on Twenty eighth.

First-year Melodious Warbler within the hand earlier than being launched after ringing © Luke Marriner
First-year Pied Flycatcher © Luke Marriner

Sparrowhawk sightings have continued by way of the second half of the month with an grownup feminine buzzing round from twenty first, showing at Outdated Gentle, Village and Terrace and an grownup male becoming a member of the scene from Twenty eighth. The juvenile Gray Heron continued to the twenty fifth when it was noticed flying south alongside the east coast, catching a thermal over Rat Island and departing for Hartland. Curiously, a Gray Heron was logged later that night, so both the chicken aborted the crossing or a second particular person took its place.

Waders have acquired modest illustration with notable appearances Golden and Ringed Plover heard from beer backyard nineteenth, a Dotterel feeding close to Wendy Mitchell Memorial on twenty second, single Whimbrel calling over Millcombe on twenty third, a Snipe at Quarter Wall on Twenty eighth and a Redshank transferring south on Thirtieth.

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