• Common Rosefinch

    Common Rosefinch © D Jones

  • Hoopoe

    Hoopoe © D Jones

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    Pale-bellied Brent Goose © R Taylor

  • Great Northern Diver

    Great Northern Diver © S Cossey

  • Lapland Bunting

    Lapland Bunting © R Campey

  • Baltimore Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole © T Wright

  • Sora
  • Red-rumped Swallow

    Red-rumped Swallow © D Fox


2024 05 24 SpottedFlycatcher UpperEastPath ThomasWestonSpotted Flycatcher along the Upper East Path. ©ThomasWeston

Today we have seen a large push of hirundines again, with several hundred House Martins and Swallows heading North towards Wales, as well as a couple of Spotted Flycatchers in Millcombe. The counts of Spotted Flycatcher were particularly high again for the third day in a row, with a nice count of 8 seen along the Upper East Path alone. A high count of 33 Shag in the Landing Bay and Manx Shearwaters returning from their feeding journeys this evening summed up a really nice day on the island.

2024 05 24 Wheatear OldLight Thomas WestonAn unringed female Wheatear with food at OldLight. ©Thomas Weston

Other jobs the team were doing involved helping out with the Wheatear researchers currently on the island. The Wheatear RAS Project has been running since 2012 with the aim to further our understanding of the survival of Lundy’s Wheatears. Through catching and ringing the known breeding adults with individually colour marked rings in a combination of colours and striped rings, we can monitor the lives of individuals through resighting colour ringed birds. The researchers have a standardised process of montioring the island’s birds through a resighting trip in April when birds have arrived back and settling down on their territories, and a subsequent trip in May to catch any unringed birds and resight those missed at the start of the season. A whole island census of the Wheatears is also undertaken during the researchers stay to try and get an accurate number of pairs/individuals by undertaking a 6-8hr walk along the whole island. Just to put it in context, for a bird that winters south of the Sahara Desert and breeds on the island, the thousands of miles these birds are flying each year is phenomenal! We absolutely love them.

If you see a colour ringed Wheatear on your stay/visit to the island, please report it to the Bird Observatory team through the Tavern/Conservation team staff. Photos, or a note of the specific colours on both legs, will enable a successful resighting to be made – thank you!