seventeenth Oct – Lundy’s 2nd report of Nice White Egret and twelfth Dartford Warbler

One other outstanding day of seen migration mixed with Lundy rarities, together with the island’s second report of Nice White Egret, a Dartford Warbler, 12 Crossbills, and a Lapland Bunting. The egret was flying south off the East Facet mid-morning and headed SSE over Rat Island and Surf Level earlier than veering extra south-westerly previous South Mild and the Fort. Distant report shot of the Nice White Egret © Tim Jones The Dartford Warbler (the twelfth for Lundy) was in gorse clumps alongside the western finish of Quarter Wall, about 75m W of the Airfield, while the Lapland Bunting was calling over the Airfield and Pondsbury, and the Crossbills flew south over Millcombe at lunchtime. Seen migration was negligible submit daybreak, however acquired going through the day, with Chaffinch and Siskin flocks notably distinguished through the late morning and early afternoon. Totals logged had been 400 and 500 respectively – the best of the autumn to this point. Additionally notable had been: two Teal, three Golden Plover, 6 Widespread Snipe, a Merlin, two Kestrels, 15 Ravens, 25 Swallow, a Backyard Warbler, the long-staying Widespread Whitethroat, two Firecrest, a Widespread Redstart, two Black Redstart, 30 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Ring Ouzel, a Noticed Flycatcher, three Bramblings, and a Reed Bunting. Offshore, there was way more seabird motion than in current days, with feeeding flocks of 500 Kittiwake and 300 Herring Gull, amongst which had been 12 Mediterranean Gull, two Widespread Gull and a Black-headed Gull. Additionally famous had been 350 auk sp. and two pale-morph Arctic Skuas, each of which appeared intent on south-westward migration, not bothering to cease and harass the Kittiwakes. Ringing whole 54, comprising: 6 Blackcap, 1 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 1 Home Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch and 44 Siskin. Observations contributed by: Chris & Carol Baillie, Richard Campey, Tim Davis, James Diamond, Rob Duncan, Andy Jayne and Tim Jones.  

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