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thirty first October to sixth November – A quick window of calm amidst sturdy winds


Strong winds from the southwest all week until lessening
on the 4th and turning northerly on the 5th. Quickly back to strong southwesterlies
on the 6th. Rain, sometimes heavy, on most days but usually passing through
quickly.

The Wigeon
remained at Pondsbury again this week, being seen on the 31st and the 4th. A
single Teal was also present on the
4th. Despite the many thousands of Woodpigeon
migrating across the country only one was recorded from the 2nd to the 4th. A Stock Dove was seen flying over Ackland’s Moor on the 4th. Also on the
4th, a Lapwing flew over the Village
and a Golden Plover was calling over High Street Field. At least two Water Rail continue to be heard in Millcombe Valley. The Jackdaw was still being seen up to the
6th.

216 Kittiwakes
were counted during a seawatch on the 2nd along with one Manx Shearwater and 59
Gannet. A Great Northern Diver arrived
in the Landing Bay on the 2nd and has been seen up to the 6th, often right
under the Jetty. A Little Egret, only the second of the year, was
seen roosting in Millcombe on the evening of the 5th and then again in multiple
locations on the 6th.

Three Sparrowhawk
were noted on the 3rd with two or one the rest of the week. At least two Kestrel were present all week. The
juvenile Hen Harrier was seen on the 31st and then again over Pondsbury on the
3rd.

A single Swallow
was seen on the 31st and again on the 1st around Quarter Wall. Sadly it seemed
to be struggling in the strong winds and was feeding on the ground with a flock
of Starlings. Two Chiffchaff were
present on the 3rd with singles on the 31st, 1st and 4th. Blackcap are still trickling through, the highest count being nine
on the 3rd. Fewer Goldcrest are
being seen with high counts of eight on the 31st and the 3rd. The bird of the
week has to be the somewhat surprising Pallas’s
Warbler which turned up in
the mist nets in Millcombe on the 3rd. This 6.2g bird would have come all the
way from Siberia and is only the 7th record for Lundy.

Pallas’s Warbler, Millcombe © Stuart Cossey

With the winds turning northerly on the 4th, thrushes
started pushing south. 166 Redwing,
39 Fieldfare, seven Song Thrush, 30 Blackbird,
two Mistle Thrush and a Ring Ouzel were counted. Lower counts were
had the rest of the week. A Ring Ouzel was also recorded on the 31st. Black Redstart were a common theme of the week with three on the 1st, two
on the 3rd and 6th and one on the 2nd.

Four White Wagtails were recorded in Barton’s
Field on the 31st and one remained on the 1st. Grey Wagtails were seen
on the 3rd and 4th. Chaffinch are
still on the island in big numbers though they are slowly leaving. 772 on the
31st became 378 on the 1st and then dropped to 76 on the 5th. Flocks were
moving through in before a rain front on the 6th resulting in a count of 305. Numbers
of other finches are still shockingly low. Single Brambling were recorded from the 1st with two on the 5th. The high
count of Goldfinch was eight on the
31st and similarly only two Linnet
were seen on the 31st and then the 4th. 25 Siskin
were recorded on the 31st but numbers in November have so far peaked at seven
on the 3rd. One Lesser Redpoll was seen on the 31st and
another on the 1st. A Reed Bunting was seen at Pondsbury on the
31st and again on the 3rd and 4th. A Snow
Bunting was on the main track towards
the North End on the 3th.

In non-avian news, two Painted
Lady were seen on the 31st and
singles on the 1st and 4th. A Vagrant
Emporer Dragonfly was seen at Pondsbury on the 31st. A single Harbour Porpoise was off the South Light on the 1st.

John Hedger and Mandy Dee have been over on the island this
week and led a fungus foray on the 3rd with 39 species found including Meadow Puffball, Scarlet Waxcap, Orange Waxcap, Snowy Waxcap and Yellow Club. They have also
identified seven new species for the island during their stay.

Contributors: Stuart Cossey, Chris Baillie, Chris Dee, Mandy
Dee, John Sealy, John Hedger

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