Lundy Chicken Observatory: Lundy Chicken Observatory Replace

Firstly, earlier than we get caught in to as we speak’s sightings, a fast hey! I’m delighted to introduce myself as the brand new Lundy Chicken Observatory Warden. After immediately falling in love with the island a few years in the past throughout autumn ringing visits, I’m over the moon to now name this lump of Atlantic granite my new house. I moved over with my companion Ella final week and might’t wait to get caught in finding out and elevating the profile of Lundy’s gorgeous birdlife and wealthy pure historical past.

I’ve loved a splendidly heat welcome to the island by the good staff and naturally some nice birds! In the event you’re fortunate sufficient to be visiting Lundy please do come say hey – you’ll discover us out throughout the island surveying, ringing and operating the each day 8pm hen log within the Tavern. Or should you’re on the mainland and on the lookout for your Lundy repair, you’ll be capable to hold up-to-date with all the newest Chicken Observatory information on this each day weblog and twitter page.

Blissful birding, Joe (Lundy Chicken Obs Warden)

 Luke – Chicken Obs Assistant (left), Rosie – Warden (centre) & Joe – Chicken Obs Warden (proper)

Now, turning as we speak’s highlights… Wind speeds swung round to a stiff northerly which put a dampener on any late spring actions throughout the island. As we speak’s synthetic Manx Shearwater nest bins checks revealed not too long ago laid eggs! Two new Wheatear had been ringed as half as the continuing RAS (retrapping adults for survival) research together with 5 colour-marked birds, largely from the earlier season. Three Noticed Flycatcher had been logged with people in Millcombe, Quarter Wall Copse and Quarries. The Purple Heron continued for one more day, skulking round Pondsbury by the day. A single Hooded Crow was nonetheless feeding across the water tanks and a lone Purple Sandpiper continues to occupy Brazen Ward! That is an unimaginable late spring file contemplating this wader must be gearing up for a breeding season in Iceland! A drake Teal carcass was discovered south of Pondsbury, a basic Peregrine kill which is supporting one of many six territories on the island this yr!

Purple Sandpiper © Paul Dean

Final night time guests loved a magical night time time Manx Shearwater stroll which noticed six new birds ringed, plus a Lundy re-trap from mid-April earlier within the yr and most excitingly a management (awaiting additional particulars e.g. authentic ringing location and age). Management Manx Shearwater data are very unusual lately and are maybe a product of saturated colonies at key breeding websites such because the Pembrokeshire islands, Skomer and Skokholm. Lastly, in breaking non-avian information, two Toad had been heard calling this afternoon. Intermittent calls had been heard from Quarry Pond and a brand new particular person was heard croaking under the Terrace on the observe right down to Quarry Seaside.

Contributors: Joe Parker, Luke Marriner, Stuart Cossey, Rosie Ellis, Tony & Ann Taylor, Chris & Carol Baillie, Chris & Mandy Dee, Paul Dean

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