Lundy Chicken Observatory: Lundy Chicken Observatory Replace


The easterly winds continued over the weekend earlier than switching to prevailing south-westerly on Monday eleventh and a average northerly on Tuesday Twelfth.

It has been a rollercoaster of a weekend, burning the candle at each ends (and within the center) with nets open at daybreak in Millcombe and a late evening Storm Petrel/Manx Shearwater session in between two nights of dazzling effort which concluded with a Hoopoe and a Frequent Snipe.

Second yr Hoopoe ringed © Adam Day

After a gradual autumn on the raptor entrance, the previous few days have seen single sightings of first yr Marsh Harrier in off and north on the Terrace on the tenth, first yr Osprey in off after which south at Millcombe on the eleventh and Passion briefly across the Touchdown Bay on eleventh. Our visiting ringers Adam Day and Rory Akam are credited with all of those information, so we’re very glad to have them on the island.

We continued to swarm with Wryneck, with 4 people ringed thus far, and not less than a fifth unringed fowl noticed on the Twelfth. Stayers in Brambles Villa have been even in a position to admire and {photograph} a Wryneck from their front room. The Rose-coloured Starling continues to be current, though there have been no additional sightings of the Pintail. 

First yr Wryneck from Brambles Villa Dwelling Room © Clive Couzens

Two Golden Plover individually at reverse ends of the island on the eleventh, a Ringed Plover over the east on the eleventh, Dunlin on Barton’s Pond on tenth and round Excessive Road on Twelfth, single Snipe on a regular basis besides eleventh and eventually a Frequent Sandpiper heard from North Mild within the evening of the eighth make up waders observations for this era. Small Herring Gull actions famous with 23 on the eleventh. Presently of yr our breeding Herring Gulls have dispersed, leaving birds roaming between feeding teams. Small actions akin to this are usually recorded all through the autumn earlier than our native birds return on in a few months to over winter across the island. Two first yr Gray Heron have been current on the island on eleventh.

Ringed Plover south of Half-way Wall. © Clive Couzens ({Photograph} taken on seventh Sept)

Hirundine counts stay as a trickle to this point, with peak counts of 15 Sand Martin, 10 Home Martin, 12 Swallow on the eleventh. There have been three Swift feeding over the airfield all afternoon on the Ninth too.

Good arrival of 24 Chiffchaff, 26 Frequent Whitethroat on the Ninth together with a Hoopoe over by Quarter Wall. A few Sedge, Backyard and Reed Warblers have been picked up most days and a Grasshopper Warbler was ringed on the tenth. Blackcap have averaged 20 most days, apart from the eleventh which was a lot quieter with solely six detected. Willow Warbler have been related of their abundance, with c.40 most days, however solely a dozen on the eleventh. We’re nonetheless selecting up Firecrest, with a peak of 4 on the eleventh. There was a small arrival of Goldcrest on the Twelfth with 21 recorded. A Treecreeper, the primary for the yr, was additionally recorded on the eleventh. A Bonelli’s Warbler sp. confirmed very properly on the Terrace on the tenth. No name was heard and so it is vitally tough to nail it as western or jap primarily based on plumage alone.

Bonelli’s Warbler sp. Terrace. © Angus Croudace

Frequent Redstart have been current on the Terrace on a regular basis. Flycatcher numbers have slowly been dropping off, with 16 Noticed Flycatcher and 10 Pied Flycatcher on the Ninth, and simply 3 and 5 respectively on the Twelfth. Whinchat have additionally been transferring out with solely three on the Ninth and a single on the tenth. Together with the noticeable inflow of Whitethroat, Northern Wheatear have been ample once more on the Ninth, with a rely of 15 recorded probably an underestimate. The identical Wheatear was caught and ringed in SW subject on the Ninth and eleventh while dazzling and it is weight had elevated by simply over 2g, which is just below 10% of it is general physique weight. It is nice to see exhausting knowledge evidencing these birds feeding up earlier than they embark on the subsequent leg of their migration, which is just potential with the insights of the BTO ringing scheme. A few of the Wheatears have been of the Greenland race leucorhoa, that are noticeably chunkier and well-marked within the subject.

A Yellow Wagtail was current on the Ninth and tenth, with the primary two Gray Wagtail of the season round on the Ninth-Twelfth. A few Tree Pipit proceed to be picked up every day. A big flock of 180 Linnet has been seen for a number of days feeding round Pondsbury and a customer captured a sound recording of a Nightingale within the Bracken beneath the Terrace on Twelfth.

It is also that point of yr the place younger Manx Shearwaters are efficiently fledging and leaving the  colony. Nonetheless, for just a few the lure of the Marisco Tavern is an excessive amount of! Between nightfall and midnight (after which the diesel mills change off for the evening) the lights of the Tavern entice a handful of birds every year. Upon touchdown within the neighborhood of the Tavern, the flat floor makes it tough for them to alight once more – the steep cliffs of the colonies are a significant a part of getting them airborne once they fledge. They scuttle into cracks, crevices or corners across the Tavern buildings when daybreak comes, however they are not at all times as properly hidden as they may suppose! These birds are rescued when discovered within the morning. We take the chance to ring them after which that night return them to a burrow within the colony to assist them of their subsequent flight try. They’d naturally filter all the way down to the cliffs once more themselves underneath the quilt of darkness, however our serving to hand offers them a shortcut (they’re famously awkward when manoeuvring on land), and likewise strikes them out the way in which of the daytime pedestrian site visitors within the busy village.


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