Skylark

Alauda arvensis

[Sky Lark] (pp. 156–158)

Selected new records

2010

Notable autumn-passage count

4 Oct – A count of 100 remains the highest number recorded during autumn passage since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007, being equalled but not exceeded in Oct 2012 & Oct 2019.

2012

Arrival of birds on breeding territories

12 Feb – About ten were apparently already on breeding territories in scattered ones and twos, while a flock of 45 was present on the Airfield. Interestingly, a significant number of birds within the flock were singing for extended periods from the ground (Tony Taylor).

Notable autumn-passage count

26 Oct – A count of 100 is among the higher autumn passage totals since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007, being equalled but not exceeded in Oct 2010 & Oct 2019.

2013

Notable spring count

11 Apr – A count of 120 remains the highest number recorded in spring (or at any other time of year) since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007.

 

Photo: Skylark in South West Field, 24 Apr 2014 © Richard Campey

2014

Notable spring count

25 Apr – A count of 118 is the second-highest spring total of recent years.

2015

Notable late-winter/early-spring count

2 to 5 Mar – A flock of 87 birds were feeding in Lighthouse Field on 2nd, with at least 90 there on 4th and 95 on 5th.

2016

Notable late-winter count

27 Jan – A loose flock of 46 birds were feeding in the High Street field.

2017

Arrival of birds on breeding territories

Jan to Mar – After two on 25 Jan and six on 4 Feb, the first singing bird was reported on 7 Feb (Dean Jones). Counts rose to 13 on 18 Feb, 20 on 26 Feb and 46 on 22 Mar.

2018

Winter movement

30 Jan – Whilst seawatching from North Light, one was picked up by telescope at considerable distance from the island, flying in off the sea and continuing south over North End (Tim Davis & Tim Jones). Otherwise, very few were present on the island in Jan and the first half of Feb, with only four records of one to three birds in the first half of Jan and maxima of five on 30 Jan and seven on 1 Feb in spite of thorough searching of suitable habitat across the island.

2019

Take-up of territories; breeding census

One was singing on New Year’s Day (Robert Pell) and many breeding territories were taken up during the unusually mild weather in Feb (in contrast with early 2018 – see above). Dean Jones mapped 49 song territories during the breeding season.

Notable autumn-passage count

15 Oct – A count of 100 remains the highest number recorded during autumn passage since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007, being equalled but not exceeded in Oct 2010 & Oct 2012.

 

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