Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

(p.213)

All new records

 

Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest 16 Apr 2011 (one); Latest 17 Sep 2009 (one).

2007

New records

26 Ap to 6 May – Singles on seven dates; not recorded in autumn.

2008

New records

2 to 17 May – Records on five dates, with two birds present on 3rd & 17th.

14 Sep – One; the only autumn-passage record.

1 Jul – One reported in the LFS logbook, but no details were provided. While the species itself is not rare on Lundy, this would constitute the earliest ‘autumn’ sighting by more than a fortnight. There is a risk that less experienced observers might confuse juvenile (typically very yellow) Willow Warblers, which begin moving through Lundy in July, for this species.

2009

New records

26 Apr to 13 May – Singles on 26 & 27 Apr and 13 May.

17 Sep – One; the only autumn-passage record.

2010

New records

5 to 11 May – Singles on 5th, 6th & 11th; not recorded in autumn.

2011

New records

16 Apr & 7 May – Singles on both dates; the latter a singing bird.

27 Jul & 7 Aug – Singles were reported on both dates, though in the absence of further details, possible confusion with juvenile Willow Warblers cannot be excluded.

2012

New records

5 to 20 May – Recorded on six dates: singles on 5th & 7th, two in Millcombe on 6th, and further singles on 18th to 20th, inclusive. Not recorded in autumn.

2013

Not recorded; the first 'blank' year since 1970

Not recorded during either spring or autumn passage. Though always a scarce migrant on Lundy, 2013 marks the first year since 1970 that Wood Warblers were not recorded at all. This is hopefully just a blip and could reflect gaps in observer coverage at key times. However, it may also reflect the species’ parlous conservation status; the UK breeding population declined by 65% between 1995 and 2010.

2014

New record

25 Apr – One feeding in sallows by the Terrace Heligoland Trap (Richard Campey) was the only record for the year.

2015

New records

May & Sep – A slightly better showing after two very poor years, comprising single spring migrants on three dates in mid-May, followed in autumn by one on 14 & 16 Sep, with two present on 15 Sep (Dave Chown, Tim Davis et al.).

2016

New record

8 May – A single bird during the annual Devon Birds day-trip (Richard Swinbank), was the only record for the year.

2017

New records

13 Apr to 8 May – Singles on 13 & 30 Apr and 8 May were the only records for the year.

2018

New record

3 May – A singing male in Millcombe (Rob Duncan).

5 Sep – One in Millcombe on 5 Sep (Josh Harris).

2019

New record

Apr/May – A male singing in Millcombe on 29 Apr (Dean Jones) and one trapped and ringed in Millcombe on 7 May (Rob Duncan & David Kightley).

There were no autumn records.

 

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