Lundy Chook Observatory: One other lengthy overdue Lundy Chook Observatory replace – 18th June


Proper, right here goes one other lengthy overdue replace. There’s by no means sufficient hours within the day – regardless of aiming for every day updates originally of my submit, sadly my intentions didn’t final lengthy! After a while taken to deal with my well being, extra common updates will now resume.


Cuckoo © Alan Revel

So with out additional a do, listed here are a number of the notable information to grace this magical island over the previous few weeks. Cormorant have been evident with a max depend of 4 on 27 June. Gray Heron have been logged on 19 June and 6-12 July involving two completely different juveniles. A highly uncommon file of a singing Tree Pipit in Millcombe on 21 June was outstanding, with the valley additionally that includes a Cuckoo between 29 June and 4 July. A single Turtle Dove was logged on 28 June and 1 July, feeding in village briefly and later seen round Brambles. A Curlew flew south previous North Gentle on 22 June and autumn wader passage kicked off with a Frequent Redshank at Pondsbury on 10 July. The positioning since pulled in a Inexperienced Sandpiper on 25 July and Frequent Snipe on 26 July. Frequent Sandpiper are grossly underneath recorded however people have been seen at Brazen Ward on 21 July (2), North Gentle on 24 July (1) and Battery Level 26 July (1). A European Golden Plover occupied the Airfield between 23 and 27 July whereas Aztec Bay featured a Mediterranean Gull on 24 July.

Juvenile Peregrine © Alan Revel.

Seawatching has supplied some pleasure at instances. There was an enormous Manx Shearwater motion alongside the Bristol Channel in early July and a hour’s stint alongside the south east and west of the island concerned 13,360 people on 3 July! The tip of the month loved outrageous numbers of Cory’s Shearwater alongside southern Eire and south-west England. Lundy joined in on the motion on 31 July when solely the second island file powered handed Lifeless Cow Level at 8:34PM. Elsewhere, 2 Frequent Scoter moved south alongside Jenny’s Cove on eleventh July. Excluding our Fulmars and some late Kittiwake, our breeding birds have largely left after a profitable breeding season. A final lingering Puffins could be seen offshore optimistically, however these would be the final sightings now till subsequent spring.

Storm Petrel © Luke Marriner

Coupled with an all island Storm Petrel census to get a deal with on the at the moment unknown inhabitants measurement, we have elevated our efforts ringing ‘stormies’ at identified websites and are blown away with the success price. For context, up till the tip of 2022 our 10-year common catch price had been 23 new birds a yr. This season (to this point) our ringing totals sit at 400(!) new birds ringed, 36 earlier yr retraps and 32 controls, 4 of which have been caught on Lundy in earlier years. These staggering numbers are elevating extra questions than solutions in the meanwhile, but it surely’s definitely an important indicator that these secretive seabirds are doing much better initially thought.

Newest Storm Petrel controls and recoveries from 2023. Be aware: We’re nonetheless ready to listen to again about a person we trapped on 25 July that was initially ringed on Jersey! Map produced utilizing Stephen Vickers’ excellent Controls and Recoveries Plotter.

Passerine migration is beginning to transfer by way of the gears with the primary Willow Warbler of the autumn arriving on 19 July. Small numbers proceed to push by way of and a mini fall on 25 July concerned 43 Willow Warbler and a Noticed Flycatcher. Millcombe has loved a Grasshopper Warbler on 17 July, Backyard Warbler and 6 Sedge Warbler on 1 August. The Goldcrest pair fledged 3 younger in Millcombe Pines on 14 July and a cell juvenile Nice Noticed Woodpecker flitted alongside the Terraces and Millcombe between 12-16 July. The Millcombe Rosefinch was final recorded on 18 June.

Juvenile Wheatear © Alan Revel

Water Rail breeding was confirmed at Pondsbury with younger heard calling in early hours of 19 June and once more on 27 July. Max counts of the extra common species embrace 41 Swift shifting south on 24 June, 5 Sand Martin on 12 July, 10 Home Martin on 17 July and 36 Swallow on 27 July. Juvenile Starling at the moment are out in drive with a max depend of 174 logged on 24 June and the Lundy Home Sparrow inhabitants has doubled – the brand new recruitment of this years younger has seen the inhabitants rise to 42 people. Publish-breeding Linnet flocks are additionally beginning to kind once more with 200 usually being recorded round Previous Gentle and the Airfield since mid-July.

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