Honey-buzzard

Pernis apivoris

[European Honey-buzzard] (p.75)

All new records

2006

Correction The record of one on 27 Apr remained subject to acceptance by DBRC at the time of publication of The Birds of Lundy. The record has since been determined as 'not proven', so this entry should be deleted.

2008

New records

3 to 7 May – One over Millcombe on 3 & 4 May (D. Clifton, G. Middleton, R. Skeates et al.) and one, presumed the same, seen over the East Side heading out to sea on 7 May (T.E. Baldwin). Record accepted by DBRC.

20 May – One flew in over the Landing Bay from the south-east and circled briefly over Millcombe before reappearing a few minutes later heading in a south-easterly direction back towards the mainland, past the South Light (T.J. Davis, J.R. Diamond, T.A. Jones). Record accepted by DBRC.

These sightings constitute the 6th and 7th records for Lundy.

2013

New record

29 May – A female flew low over Millcombe House, being mobbed by corvids, at 12.51 hrs. It flew south-west towards the Rocket Pole before tracking back east along the South End and being lost to view (P.J. Lymbery). It was independently reported being mobbed by crows off South West Point. Record accepted by DBRC; the 8th for the island.

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

(p.75)

All new records

1989

Correction The Black Kite recorded on 10 May was also seen at 08.55 on the morning of 11 May. Mobbed by gulls, it soared over the South Light, gaining height, before heading off south towards the mainland. The dates are given correctly in the 1989 LFS Annual Report, the 1989 DBR and the 1989 BBRC report.

2010

New record

27 Apr – One drifting south-east off The Ugly (C. McShane et al.) Record accepted by DBRC – the 4th for Lundy.

2014

New record

15 Apr – A kite flew in from the south near Goat Island and continued north just offshore before turning inland over the Battery and heading north-east over the island plateau. Remarkably, it was seen and photographed – entirely independently – by two observers, Joshua Harris and Martyn Roper. Close examination of Joshua’s photos by Mike Langman and of Martyn’s photos by renowned raptor expert Dick Forsman (see June 2014 issue of Birdwatch magazine), dispelled lingering doubts about the species of kite involved and confirmed that the bird was an adult Black Kite. This showed the value of ‘record shot’ photos (even those taken at considerable distance and in tricky light, as was the case here) in pinning down the final identification of a bird as big and apparently ‘obvious’ as a kite. Record accepted by DBRC – the 5th record for the island. Photo © Martyn Roper.

Red Kite

Milvus milvus

(pp.75–76)

All new records

2010

New record

13 to 24 Mar – A wing-tagged bird first seen and photographed over the Airfield on 13 Mar was seen regularly until 24 Mar (N. Dalby, S. Wheatley et al.). The wing tags (blue on the left wing, bearing the letter ‘d’ in black; purple on the right wing bearing the letter ‘d’ in white) showed that this bird, a female, had been collected as a chick from a nest in mid-Wales on 10 Jun 2007 and transported to County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland. After rearing in an aviary the bird was released as part of the Irish Red Kite reintroduction programme on 20 Jul 2007. In 2009 she was one of only two females to have bred (though unsuccessfully) – the first in Ireland for over 200 years. Thanks to Damian Clarke, Red Kite Project Manager, Wicklow Mountains National Park for these details. What was likely to have been the same bird was reported daily on Lundy from 11 to 13 Apr. Tony Cross of the Welsh Kite Trust later reported the bird to be on Bardsey Island on 17th Apr. This was the 7th occurrence since LFS records began in 1947.

2013

New record

9 Jun – One initially seen from Castle Cottage being mobbed by gulls high over Millcombe at 07.00 hrs was seen again in the same area an hour later, then near the Old Hospital at 10.00 hrs (S. & M. Rosser). In spite of the rapidly growing British (and now Irish) populations, Red Kite remains an extremely rare bird on Lundy. Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder; the 8th for the island.

Marsh Harrier

Circus aeruginosus

[Western Marsh Harrier] (pp.76–77)

All new records

2008

Crossing record

No records from the island itself, but two migrants (one thought to be an adult female, the other a juvenile) flying south were seen from MS Oldenburg about half-way between Lundy and the mainland on 18 Sep (J. Adams, E. Davis).

2012

New record

22 Jul to 19 Aug – A female first seen over Castle Hill flew across St John’s Valley and Millcombe and up the East Side on 22 Jul (G. Sherman & S. Southon). What is presumed to be the same individual remained on the island and was seen on a further 11 dates until at least 19 Aug. It ranged widely, though was most often seen along the East Side, and was enjoyed by many different observers. Record accepted by the Devon Bird Recorder.

2013

New record

28 Sep – One flew low over the moorland and heathland south of Halfway Wall and towards Pondsbury. Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2014

New record

25 Apr – A soaring male, seen from Castle Hill, drifted north over the Rocket Pole being mobbed by a Raven at 09.45hrs (Richard Campey). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2016

New record – subject to acceptance by Devon Bird Recorder

5 May – A female or immature flew north along the West Side (seen from Quarter Wall) during the annual Devon Birds day trip to Lundy (Jon Turner).

Hen Harrier

Circus cyaneus

(p.78)

Selected new records

2011

New record

13 Oct – Two ringtails were seen quartering the Pondsbury area at dusk, having apparently arrived – along with other diurnal migrants – when murky conditions gave way to a clearance during the afternoon. Both left soon after first light the following morning, one circling up high over Tibbett’s, the other flying south at island-plateau height, just to the east of Castle Hill (T.J. Davis, T.A. Jones).

2013

New record

21 Oct – An adult (or near-adult) male flew over Millcombe (L. Phillips); the bird’s identity and age/sex were only confirmed thanks to Luke’s careful examination of a series of photographs that he quick-wittedly rattled off as the bird flew high over the valley into a strong headwind.

2015

New records

Oct/Nov – During autumn passage ‘ringtails’ (including adult females and/or first-year birds, which have broadly similar plumage) were recorded on nine dates between 12 Oct and 26 Nov. One on 12 Oct, first seen over the Airfield at 10.00 hrs, later circled high over Castle Hill and left the island to the south-west at 12.30 hrs; two (thought to be an adult female and a first-year bird) ranged widely between Tibbetts and the Airfield on 15 & 16 Oct; one flew in to the South End, apparently off the sea, on 17 Oct; one was over Halfway Wall on 18 Oct; one was along the East Side on 27 & 28 Oct; and further singles were sighted near Pondsbury on 4 Nov and flying south along the West Side near Halfway Wall on 26 Nov. Most Hen Harriers seem to pass through Lundy rather quickly (as shown by the bird on 12 Oct), whereas others may linger for a day or two, occasionally longer, so it is impossible to say how many different individuals were involved in this autumn’s relatively strong showing.

 

Photo: Male Hen Harrier being pursued by Raven over South West Field, 25 Apr 2014
© Richard Campey

Montagu’s Harrier

Circus pygargus

(pp.78–79)

All new records

2009

New record

12 & 13 May – A ringtail was seen at various locations in the southern half of the island (C. McShane, F. Stuart & A. Woolley). Record accepted by DBRC.

Ringtail harrier (Hen or Montagu's)

Circus cyaneus or C. pygargus

(pp.78-79)

2008

New record

29 Apr – A ringtail quartering over Pondsbury.

Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis

[Northern Goshawk]

(p.79)

All new records

2013

New record

2 May – One, thought to be a female, flew north over the Terrace from above Quarry Cottages (C. Baillie). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder; the seventh Lundy occurrence – the majority of which have been in spring – and the first since May 1991.

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

[Eurasian Sparrowhawk] (pp.79–80)

Selected new records

2011

2012

New record

Dec 2011 to Mar 2012 – Unusually, one overwintered, causing havoc among the House Sparrows and Starlings around the Village.

2015

New record

27 Sep – Five, the highest count of the year, were seen leaving the island for the mainland, all in view at the same time (John Horton).

 
 

Ringing control: A first-year male ringed on 14 Sep 2009 (ring no. DA63697) at Nitten Field, Mewslade, Glamorgan, Wales was controlled on Lundy on 3 Oct 2009 (19 days; 51 km; 212°). It was retrapped on Lundy, on both 11 and 27 Oct 2009.

Rough-legged Buzzard

Buteo lagopus

(p.81)

All new records

2008

New record

9 Nov to 7 Dec – A first-winter bird was seen regularly at various locations along the East and West Sides in the northern half of the island until 29 Nov (D. Beavans, J.W. Leonard et al.). There were two final reports on 6 & 7 Dec. It was photographed, being mobbed by Ravens, by island resident Stuart Leavy on 11 Nov. Record accepted by DBRC – only the 7th for Lundy, the last being in Oct 1997.

Photo below taken on 11 Nov 2008 © Stuart Leavy.

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

[Western Osprey] (pp.81–82)

All new records

2008

New records

4 Sep – One drifted south down the East Side (R.J. Taylor).

4 Oct – A first-year bird was seen flying up and down the East Side, at one point landing briefly on a tree in St Helen's Copse, before being chased off by mobbing gulls (P. Abbott, E. Davis, K. Hale et al.). The 18th LFS record (of which seven have been during autumn migration).

Records accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2010

New record

26 Apr – One mobbed by gulls over the Landing Bay/Millcombe, seen from Brambles on 26 Apr (Colin McShane). The 19th LFS record (of which 12 have been during spring migration). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2011

New record

15 Oct – One on the afternoon of 15 Oct seen to fly in from the sea over the Landing Bay, before turning north and flying up the East Side, then crossing the island near Quarry Cottages (T. Ball et al.). Seen a few minutes later as it flew south along the West Side past T.J. Davis & T.A. Jones who were standing on the southern side of Jenny’s Cove. Record subject to acceptance by DBRC. The 20th LFS record (of which eight have been during autumn migration). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2012

New records

25 Mar – One gliding high from the south on passed straight over an LFS working party at Quarter Wall, then headed rapidly north-east (L. Cookson & K. Williams).

3 May – One over Millcombe (D. Fox, C. McShane).

Records accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2013

New records

20 Apr – One flew north along the East Side, mobbed by gulls and corvids (P. Bolland, K.Rylands, R. Skeates et al.).

15 May – One heading north over Pondsbury was seen to join up with a second Osprey heading north up the West Side (M. Jones).

17 May – One first seen over Rat Island flew north up the East Side before crossing the island near the Old Hospital. The same observers saw what was presumably the same bird repeat the circuit ten minutes later. On the same date, a “probable Osprey”, mobbed by crows as it flew up the island north of Old Light, was reported independently by other observers and presumed to be the same bird, although the possibility of two cannot be ruled out.

Records accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

Photo: Migrating Osprey mobbed by gulls and corvid off East Side, 20 Apr 2013 © Paul Bolland

2014

New records

30 May – One being mobbed by gulls over Castle Hill flew north up the East Side (Pete Clabburn, Charles Crundwell, Suzanne Long).

14 Aug – One flying south just off the East Side on 14 August was watched from the Upper East Side Path alongside the Tillage Field. The bird continued south over Lametor and on towards Hartland Point, circling a couple of times to gain height over the open sea (Tim Jones).

Records accepted by Devon Bird Recorder; the 26th & 27th LFS records. The ratio of spring to autumn records for the island now runs at 18:9.

2016

New records – subject to acceptance by Devon Bird Recorder

3 Apr – One flew high over the island having arrived from the West Side at Ackland's Moor (Martyn Roper).

5 May – One flew north over Quarter Wall (Tim Smith).

14 Sep – One passed south along the West Side (A. Turner).

Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus

(pp.88–89)

Selected new records

2007

Correction The chick found in August 2007 (see textbox on p.89) was picked up at – and returned to – Quarter Wall, not Millcombe as stated.

2007

Breeding season update

Another chick, approximately a week old, was seen, this time in Millcombe, on 15 & 17 October. The pattern of sightings during the year suggests that two pairs may have bred in Millcombe. Overall, at least two pairs bred on the island in 2007 in at least two different sites, i.e. Quarter Wall and Millcombe. While the crash in rabbit numbers (and consequent reduction in grazing pressure), combined with the wet late spring and summer may have improved habitat quality, the eradication of rats is probably the most important factor enabling Water Rails to breed successfully.

2008

Breeding season update

Breeding was confirmed for the second year running when one medium-sized chick was seen with an adult, and at least one other chick was heard calling, in lower Millcombe on 4 Jun. One was seen at Quarter Wall Pond in late May and one was heard calling at Pondsbury during the first week of June, so it is possible that more than one pair bred. On 4 Sep, an adult and a chick were seen in Lower Millcombe, together with an older juvenile, showing that at least two broods were reared. On the same day, chicks were heard at Pondsbury.

2009

Breeding season update

Bred successfully for the third consecutive year, with at least two pairs, one in lower Millcombe in the vicinity of the pond/stream below dam and another in St John’s Valley. An adult with three chicks was seen in lower Millcombe on 18 Apr. A nest with seven eggs was found near Brambles on 21 Apr. Juveniles were seen on at least four dates in Jun and heard calling in lower Millcombe from 6–8 Aug. Birds were also heard calling persistently at night from Pig’s Paradise pond in mid-Jun (where one seen by torchlight on 12th), but no other evidence of breeding. Broods of at least two chicks each heard calling from Lower Millcombe and St John’s on 23 Aug. In Sep, three adults and at least four chicks were recorded in different parts of Millcombe on 7th.

2010

Breeding season update

Breeding was confirmed for the fourth consecutive year when chicks were seen in Lower Millcombe on 10 May. Two adults with two chicks were in the Brick Field near Quarter Wall on 16 May. Young were also seen in St John’s Valley and at Pondsbury in Jun. The highest count of the year was eight on 28 Dec following the exceptionally severe weather that lasted for most of that month.

2011

Breeding season update

Young were heard calling in lower Millcombe on 24 & 29 Apr, providing confirmation of successful breeding on the island for the fifth successive year. On 2 May, Richard Campey saw/heard an adult with at least one calling chick in lower Millcombe, a calling chick near Brambles, an adult with at least one chick at Pondsbury, and an adult calling from mid-way along Quarter Wall, suggesting the presence of four pairs. A brood of six chicks (one of which later died) was seen at Brambles on 4 May. A black fluffy chick (accompanied by two adults) was seen in lower Millcombe on 26 Jun, showing that at least two broods were raised by the pair here. A chick was seen and photographed at the southern end of Pondsbury dam on 11 Aug but found dead on 12th. A chick was heard calling on 15 Oct and six fully grown birds were seen – all in the Millcombe/St John’s areas.

2012

Breeding season update

After just one record of a single bird during the first three months of the year (12 Feb), things picked up slightly in Apr when one calling at night was heard from the campsite on 12th and the logbook count reached the dizzy heights of two on 26th & 27th. However, all the evidence suggests that the apparently thriving island breeding population during the period 2007-2011 experienced a sharp reversal in fortunes. One potential explanation might be the exceptionally dry late winter and early spring, which meant that many of the island’s marshy areas, pools and water courses were parched – until the heavens opened in April. There were no Water Rail records at all in Jun & Jul, so it was a welcome surprise when adults and chicks were seen outside Quarters on 12 & 13 Aug, marking the sixth consecutive year of successful breeding on Lundy. A chick was calling in the same area on 7 Sep.

2013

Breeding season update

Breeding was confirmed for the seventh consecutive year when a pair of adults with a single chick (“a black bundle of fluff but beak and legs growing fast”) were seen outside Quarters on 16 Jun (R. Healey). An adult was also seen in upper Millcombe on 15 Jun, suggesting a second territory.

2014

Breeding season update

Ones and twos were recorded from Feb to May and there were regular reports from Jul to Oct, including up to four birds in Aug/Sep, but for the first time since 2006 there was no confirmation of breeding. There were no records at all in Jun.

2015

Breeding season update

Singles were heard calling at Pondsbury on 3 Mar and near the pond in lower Millcombe on 31 Mar. There were no records at all in Apr and only three in May, so it was a welcome surprise when a chick was heard calling from the wet flush running between Quarter Wall Pond and Quarry Pond on 8 Jun (Tim Davis & Tim Jones). An adult was seen in the same area on 14 Jun. A juvenile was at Quarter Wall on 27 Aug (Joshua Harris). Numbers remained low until a notable influx of autumn passage migrants in Oct, when 10 were recorded on 15th.

Corncrake

Crex crex

[Corn Crake] (p.90)

All new records

2011

New record

23 Oct – Remains found by the Church (R.J. Taylor). Record accepted by DBRC; the first for Lundy since Sep 2006, which also involved remains only. The last live Corncrake seen on the island was in Sep 2004.

Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

[Common Moorhen] (p.91)

All new records

2009

New records

9 Jan to 10 Feb – One was seen regularly on the pond and around the chicken feeder at Pig’s Paradise (Quarters). It was extremely shy and scuttled off quickly whenever it caught sight of people.

15 Mar – One was seen in the north-west corner of Pondsbury.

These are the first records since 2006.

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

[Eurasian Oystercatcher] (pp.92–93)

Selected new records

2008

Breeding census

Eighteen territorial pairs were estimated during the breeding seabird census in late May – exactly the same number as in 2004 – with the majority of territories north of the Battery on the West Side and north of Halfway Wall on the East Side (D. Price et al./RSPB). Other pairs included those on Miller's Cake, Rat Island and Dead Cow Point.

2013

Breeding census

The RSPB seabird census resulted in a breeding population estimate of 18 territorial pairs, which – remarkably – is exactly the same number found by the 2004 and 2008 surveys. Pairs are invariably found in the same locations from census to census, the majority occupying sites along the West Side and around the North End as far as Tibbetts Point along the East Side (information contributed by David Price).

2015

New record

9 Apr – An exceptionally high spring count of 48 must have included at least some passage migrants, as the island’s entire breeding population is less than 20 pairs.

Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria

[European Golden Plover] (pp.96–97)

Selected new records

2010

New records

6 Jan – A count of 50 (associated with hard weather) is the third highest mid-winter total recorded for the island (after 100 in Jan 1955 and 85 in Dec 2000).

Nov/Dec – A notable arrival at the end of Nov coincided with the start of a prolonged cold spell, with 20 on 28th and 30 on 29th. Unusually high numbers continued to be seen through Dec, with a max of 40 on 12th and 20 or more on nine other dates during the month.

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

(p.97)

All new records

2008

New record

7 May – Two reported on 7 May.

2012

New record

8 May – One.

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

[Northern Lapwing] (pp.97–99)

Selected new records

2008

New record

31 Oct – A flock of 40 was the highest count on the island since Dec 2000.

2010

New records

Jan – The hard weather early in the year brought notable influxes to Lundy, with records on nine dates from 5 to 20 Jan, including 44 on 7th, 64 on 9th and 37 on 17th.


Nov/Dec – The severe winter weather of late Nov and most of Dec brought unusually high numbers to the island, some of which were in emaciated condition and could be picked up. There were five on 28 Nov, 63 the next day, then almost daily records in Dec, with maxima of 50 or more on nine dates, including 100 on 12th and 150 on 14th. Seventy were still present on 29th. The count of 150 was the highest for many years, but still some way off the record of 400 on 24 Oct 1958.

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

(p.94)

All new records

2011

New records

2 May – One at Pondsbury with four Dunlins (Tony John, Richard Campey).

15 Sep – One in Brick Field (M. Shakespeare).

Records accepted by Devon Bird Recorder; the third and fourth for Lundy, following those in May 1998 and Apr 2000.

2012

New record

23 Apr – One on heather moorland just north of Pondsbury, and later by puddles on the main track at Halfway Wall, on 23 Apr (K. Rylands). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder; the fifth for Lundy.

2013

New record

26 & 29 Mar – One in St Helen’s Field (M. Jones). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder; the sixth for Lundy. Photo © Mike Jones.

Dotterel

Charadrius morinellus

[Eurasian Dotterel] (pp.95–96)

All new records

2010

New record

31 Aug & 1 Sep – Two confiding juveniles were at the North End, between John O’Groats and the top of North Light steps (E. Price). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder. This is the first accepted record since 2005. Photo © Elisabeth Price.

2011

New record

11 to 16 May – One with damage to its left leg was seen and photographed just south of Tibbetts (S. Barnes, B. Canavan, J.W. Leonard et al.). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2013

New record

11 to 13 May – Two were showing well west of the main track, opposite the brick Field silage heap, from 11 to 13 May (C.G. Marcol, B. Tuck et al.). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2014

New record

16 Sep – A juvenile was seen in flight near Old Light at 15.00hrs, then between the Rocket Pole and the Devil’s Limekiln from 18.00hrs until dusk (Andy Jayne). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder. Photo © Andy Jayne.

2015

New record

2 Oct – A juvenile was on the Airfield (Tim Cleeves, Martin Kerby). Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2016

New record – subject to acceptance by Devon Bird Recorder

18 to 22 Sep – A juvenile at the North End on 18th and then on the Airfield 20th to 22nd (Julian Bowden et al., Andy Jayne).

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

(p.108)

Selected new records

2011

Spring passage

3 May – A count of 15 was the highest since May 2004, but far short of the record 105 seen on 4 May 1967.

2012

Spring passage

Apr & May – Recorded on 27 dates during a significant visible migration of this species through Devon and elsewhere in western Britain, perhaps a consequence of flocks being delayed and/or displaced by the poor spring weather. After the first individual on 21 Apr, further ones and twos occurred on most of the next few days, followed by six on 28th and 21 on 30th, then 15 on 2 & 8 May and 16 on 6th, but only ones and twos from 10 May onwards, the last a single bird on 28 May.

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

(p.108)

All new records

2012

New record

18 Mar – Two spring migrants in breeding plumage were at Pondsbury (S. Wheatley). These were perhaps most likely to have been birds from the Icelandic population returning north to their nesting grounds.

2015

New records

24 Mar – One in breeding plumage was at the pond outside Barton Cottages (Kevin Welsh, Grant Sherman).

10 Jul – One at Pondsbury (Andrew Jewels).

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

(pp.108–109)

Selected new records

2012

New records

7 Feb – One at the North End (A. Liker); an unusual date.

25 & 26 Oct – Two flying over South West Field and the Lighthouse Field on 25 Oct (T.J. Davis) arrived at the same time as three Brent Geese during a period of strong north-easterly winds. A total of 14, in three small groups, were seen flying over the sea off North End the following day (T.J. Davis & T.A. Jones).

2014

New records

6 Jul – One was heard calling in flight over the campsite at approximately 23.30hrs (Kevin Rylands).

27 Aug – Two or three heard calling in flight over the village at 02.10hrs (Richard Taylor, Tony Taylor) were probably the same as three straight-billed waders reported by non-birdwatchers as having been near the Rocket Pole the previous evening.

Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

[Ruddy Turnstone] (pp.113–114)

Selected new records

2011

New record

11 to 23 Aug – Between one and three birds recorded on six dates, including three in Brick Field on 14th and two there on 11th and 16th. While Turnstones are regularly seen feeding on short, coastal grassland at other sites around the UK, this is an unusual occurrence for Lundy, where most previous sightings have been of birds on rocks at, or close to, sea level (though in Birds of Lundy (1980), Nick Dymond notes that Turnstones sometimes shelter on the plateau in severe weather). Subsequent sightings were of seven on 2 Sep and five on 10th, then two on 8 Oct and one on 12th. Altogether, this is one of the best showings by this species for many years.

Knot

Calidris canutus

[Red Knot] (p.99)

All new records

2008

New record

26 Aug – One remarkably tame juvenile was seen around the village until 7 Sep. It was so unconcerned about people that it presented a tripping hazard!

2012

New record

18 Sep – One was on the track south of Old Light.

2013

New record

29 & 30 Jul – One in the Landing Bay was reportedly following people up and down the Jetty on 29th (R.M. MacDonald et al.).

Ruff

Calidris pugnax

(p.105)

All new records

2014

New record

10 Sep – Two at Pondsbury (Nik Ward) were the first for the island since Aug 2007.

2015

New record

28 Aug – A juvenile was on the pond outside Barton Cottages at 08.00 hrs (Beccy MacDonald) and in the Brick/Tillage Field area at 20.00 hrs (Ryan Burrell, Luke Sutton).

Sanderling

Calidris alba

(p.99)

All new records

2008

New record

16 May – One at Pondsbury.

New record

27 May – One, on the main track near Quarter Wall, was photographed by Nicola Saunders (Lundy Warden). These are only the 11th and 12th spring records for the island. In addition, one was seen in flight alongside MS Oldenburg about 15 minutes prior to the boat's arrival in the Landing Bay on 2 Sep.

2011

New record

27 May – One seen and photographed near the jetty (S. Barnes). The 13th spring record for the island.

2012

New record

5 May – One in the Lighthouse Field.

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

(pp.103–104)

Selected new records

2008

New record

16 May – A count of 15 birds was a high total for spring, numbers usually being fewer than 10. The highest spring count on record is only 24, on 11 May 1949.

Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima

(pp.102–103)

All new records

2011

New record

10 Mar – A count of eight at Virgin’s Spring equalled the previous highest count for Lundy on 2 Jan 1988.

2012

New records

5 Feb – Two.

8 Apr – Two.

Little Stint

Calidris minuta

(p.100)

All new records

2008

New records

13 to 15 Sep – One near Quarter Wall Gate was the first since Aug 2004.

14 Oct – One.

2014

New record

27 Aug – A juvenile was on the pond in front of Barton Cottages (Richard Taylor, Tony Taylor). Photo © Richard Taylor.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Tryngites subruficollis

(pp.104–105)

All new records

2011

New record

2 to 4 Sep – A juvenile at North End. Describing their initial sighting, David & Elisabeth Price and Peter Slader wrote: “Three waders flew in from the north over the sea into the North End (John O’Groats) and a Turnstone call was heard. However, the leading bird was not a Turnstone. They pitched down onto the short turf and heather and immediately began feeding on the insects in the vegetation. Two were indeed Turnstones, but the third bird was a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper. The Turnstones soon left, but the Sandpiper remained, allowing close views and much photography”. On 4 Sep James Leonard commented: “Buff-breasted Sandpiper (juvenile) feeding happily on grass at the Quarter Wall around the footings of the cottages. It found one really large orange worm, which it downed with great relish. Not fazed by passing people or the landrover.” This is the 14th Lundy record, and the first since Sep 1983. Record accepted by DBRC. Photo © Elisabeth Price.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotus

(pp.101–102)

All new records

2008

New record

10 Sep – One was seen and photographed just south of Halfway Wall, staying until 12 Sep (Chris Flower, Stuart Leavy, Grant Sherman). About 20 individuals of this North American breeding species have now occurred on Lundy since the first in 1950; the last was in Sep 2004. Record accepted by DBRC.

2011

New record

24 & 28 Sep – A first-winter bird was at Pondsbury on 24th (Mike Stephen) and at Halfway Wall and Pondsbury on 28th (J. & M. Bowden, C. Dee et al.).

2013

New record

4 & 5 Sep – One near the Brick Field silage heap (A. Mottahedin-Fardo, D. & E. Price, P. Slader). Record accepted by DBRC. Photo © Elisabeth Price.

Grey Phalarope

Phalaropus fulicarius

[Red Phalarope] (pp.114–115)

All new records

2008

New record

6 Oct – One feeding close inshore in the lee of Rat Island was watched from the jetty (R.J. Campey). This constitutes the 12th sighting since organised bird recording was established by the LFS in 1947, and the first since Oct 2005. Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder.

2014

New record

11 Oct – One seen and photographed from MS Oldenburg during a round-the-island trip (Steve McAusland/MARINElife) – the 13th LFS record. Record accepted by Devon Bird Recorder. Photo © Steve McAusland.

Spotted Redshank

Tringa erythropus

(p.106)

All new records

2010

New record

27 Aug – Three; the first since July 2007 and only the second since Oct 1996.

Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola

[Eurasian Woodcock] (p.107)

Selected new records

2011

New record

28 Oct – One was seen being attacked by a Peregrine over Quarry Beach: “After short grapple, Woodcock flew down into kelp at the water’s edge. Peregrine sat approx 40 feet up on ledge for 10 mins then left N. Woodcock flew to cliff bottom after further 10 mins” (T. & K. Dobie).

2012

New record

23 & 24 Oct – The first autumn migrants of the year were two on 23 Oct, followed by a very good count of eight the following day – the highest number in one day for many years, coinciding with a general influx of migrants from the north-east.

 

Ringing recovery: A first-year bird ringed on Lundy on 13 Oct 2010 (ring no. EX62011) was hunted (presumably shot) at Wirwignes, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, north-easternmost France, close to the Channel coast, on 3 Jan 2013 (813 days; 453 km; 97°). This recovery perhaps hints at a continental wintering destination for some of the autumn migrants passing through the island.

Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

[Common Snipe] (p.106)

Selected new records

2010

New record

Dec – A major influx during the severe cold spell in Dec peaked at 70 on 27th, with an estimated 50 on each of the following two days. James Leonard wrote in the logbook for 22-24 Dec: “Basically Snipe everywhere, particularly at South End on banks warmed by sun. On 23rd one apparently sat on the front of the fire truck by the helicopter landing pad. It didn’t move when the siren was played but did when the door opened.

2011

New record

23 Oct – 25 were around the edge of Pondsbury at dusk (R.J. Taylor).

 

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