• Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Sora
  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

The last few days have seen cold North-westerly winds, but this changed overnight with a shift in the wind direction to the South resulting in slightly warmer weather and frequent showers. As a result, the Lundy Bird Observatory team, and fellow visiting birders Andy and Tim, were out early this morning in search for anything new. The shift in wind led to some birds hunkering down, but there were some signs of movement throughout the morning before the rain came in heavy.

The first bird recorded this morning on census was a Wren at the top of Millcombe Valley. This was the first of 12 recorded this morning involving 10 singing individuals across the census area. The next species spotted were the Robins, with 8 individuals seen throughout Millcombe with 6 singing individuals recorded. Species came quick with a fly over female Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnets North, an ‘alba wagtail’ over North, 4 Blackbirds, 3 Chaffinches, one of yesterday’s Greenfinches in the pines, the highest count of Woodpigeons for the year with 12 noted, 5 Goldcrest (all unringed), and 4 Dunnocks were spotted. Visiting birder Andy was stationed at the Ugly and was primarily recording Manx Shearwaters passing SW with a total of 190 individuals seen between 07:30 - 08:30. Census counts from the Ugly included a Great Northern Diver (2 seen today by allcomers), 8 Shag, 4 Ravens, 29 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Gannets, 10 Great Black-backed Gulls, 50+ Auk spp SW, 2 confirmed Razorbills, single close Guillemot, 6 Kittiwakes and a pair of Oystercatchers. Walking to Benjamin’s Chair was relatively sheltered with a few Meadow Pipits noted (13 seen on census). The view to the south was very blustery with a Peregrine and a single Porpoise spotted off Benjamin’s Chair. Nearby, a pair of Mallard were on Rocket Pole Pond with another pair seen on Brick Field and a single on Quarters Pond. In Southwest Fields/Ackland Moor/Airfield, 3 Skylarks were the only birds of note. The only Chiffchaff of the morning was seen along ¼ Wall, whilst on the way back to the Village, 135 Herring Gulls, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 70 Starlings, and a flock of 16 Carrion Crows were in Tillage Fields. A total of 4 Pied Wagtails and 14 House Sparrows were seen in the Village.   2024 03 25 GreenWingedTeal Pondsbury TWestonGreen-Winged Teal still at Pondsbury. ©Thomas Weston

A walk down to the Terraces resulted in a Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinches, a pair of Swallows in off the sea, a singing male Stonechat, 2 Blackbirds, 6 Wrens, 2 Ravens, 4 Herring Gulls, 2 Shag and 4 more Manx Shearwaters though counts of the latter were undercounts of the actual number passing. Walking up to Pondsbury resulted in a single male Wheatear, 4 European Teal, the American Green-winged Teal, a single Carrion Crow, another Raven, and a single male Mallard.

Other sightings from today included 12 Puffin off the Battery this morning, but there was no sign this afternoon. However, an afternoon search resulted in 53 Fulmar, 5 Gannet and 4 Kittiwake passing the Battery in abysmal weather. Drenched already, a seawatch from the Ugly this evening resulted in 10 Guillemots, 6 Razorbills, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 14 Shag and a couple of Great Black Backed Gulls.