• Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox

  • Sora
  • Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

One of two Black-headed gull on Tillage (taken yesterday) © T WestonOne of two Black-headed gull on Tillage (taken yesterday) © T Weston

The wind remained a strong easterly throughout the morning resulting in most passerines sticking low in the vegetation again during census counts.

In Millcombe, 3 Woodpigeons remain in Smelly Gully, a single male Goldcrest was calling in the bushes near Millcombe House, 2 Wrens were the only ones of the species seen the whole morning, 5 Blackbirds fed in the more sheltered areas, 4 Robins half-heartedly sang, and 3 Dunnocks were feeding in the gorse. Moving along the south coast, Benjamin’s Chair was quite quiet, though it was nice to hear Rock Pipit calling and a small movement of Gannet heading NE into the wind. Nearby, on Rocket Pole Pond, the pair of Mallard remained, and look set to breed here. Moving across the fields on the west coast, 27 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 136 Starlings, a single Linnet and 2 Skylark were sighted. Quarter Wall was quiet and there was no sign of any Snipe in the rushes. Furthermore, lower numbers of both Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull were seen in Brick Field. However, the 2 Black-headed Gulls (out of the three seen yesterday) were still present in Tillage. Back in the village, the flock of non-breeding Ravens and our resident House Sparrow population were both noteworthy.  

A lunchtime errand down to Millcombe resulted in 2 Goldfinches on the fence above Government and the first two Chiffchaffs seen feeding in the Lower Garden area. The Chiffchaffs had presumably arrived within the last few hours were both actively feeding on insects! This is a sure sign that Spring is here, and it won’t be long before the first couple of Wheatears arrive. The drizzle has since set in so it will be interesting to see if any other migrants arrive this afternoon.

Ringing

No ringing today due to the weather, but we did recieve a ringing recovery today of a male Siskin ringed on the island in October 2021 and recaptured in Suffolk today!!! The details of this record can be found below...

Ringing date: 23-OCT-2021 16:00:00
Reg code: - Place code: - Site name: Lundy Island (Millcombe and St John's Valleys), Devon, England
County code: GBDEV Grid ref: SS1344 Accuracy - Co-ords: 51deg 9min N -4deg -39min W Accuracy -
Hab1: C2 Hab2: B7
 
Finding date: 09-MAR-2024 (0) 07:45:00
Reg code: SDM Place code: SDM Site name: Thetford Lodge Farm, Suffolk, UK
County code: GBSUF Grid ref: TL8286 Accuracy 1 Co-ords: 52deg 26min N 0deg 40min E Accuracy 1
Hab1: F3 Hab2: A3
 
Duration: 868 days Distance: 392 km Direction: 69deg (ENE)