Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

[Common Whitethroat] (pp.205–206)

Selected new records

Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest 10 Apr 2010 (two); Latest 19 Oct 2009 (one).

 

Whitethroat in Millcombe, 25 Apr 2014
© Richard Campey

2009

Breeding season

Up to two were recorded sporadically in May, Jun & Jul; song was reported from 2-4 Jun and a juvenile was seen in Millcombe on 17 Jul, suggesting that breeding may have occurred on the island.

2010

Breeding season

Jun – A singing male appeared to be holding territory on the Terrace in the first week of Jun but there was no evidence of breeding.

2011

Breeding season

13 & 30 Jun – Six were along the East Side on 13th, suggesting that territory-holding birds may have been present, and a singing male was heard along the Lower East Side Path on 30 Jun, but there was no other evidence of breeding.

Notable autumn-passage count

22 Aug – A count of 15 remains the joint highest autumn-passage total since publication of The Birds of Lundy in 2007 (matched in 2013).

2012

Notable spring-passage counts

3 & 4 May – Counts of 50 on both dates remain the highest since The Birds of Lundy was published.

2013

Breeding season

No evidence of breeding.

Notable autumn-passage count

Sep – A count of 15 remains the joint highest autumn-passage total since publication of The Birds of Lundy in 2007 (matched in Aug 2011).

2014

Breeding season

May & Jun – A female was seen in Millcombe in late May and single territory-holding males were singing in Millcombe and St Helen's Copse during the period 7–12 Jun, but there was no conclusive evidence of breeding. One singing on the Terrace on 7 Jun was presumably a late migrant as it was not heard subsequently.

2015

Breeding season

No evidence of breeding, though small numbers of migrants occurred during May and up to 14 Jun.

2016

Breeding season

10 & 11 Jun – A male was singing and carrying nesting material (sometimes simultaneously!) in St Helen’s Copse, but there was no sign of a second bird.

2018

Breeding season

Jun & Jul – There were scattered records of single birds in Jun, including a territory-holding but apparently unpaired male, up to the end of Jun and into early Jul, but there was no other evidence of a breeding attempt.

2019

Notable spring-passage count

9 May – A count of 45 was one of the higher spring-passage day-totals of recent years.

Confirmed breeding

Jun & Jul – Successful breeding was confirmed on 29 Jun when a pair in upper Millcombe were seen feeding at least two chicks – the first confirmation of breeding on the island since 1978 (David Lindo). A second brood of at least three chicks was in the same area on 27 Jul (Dean Jones).

Notable autumn-passage count

26 Aug – A count of 14 was one of the higher autumn-passage totals since publication of The Birds of Lundy in 2007, exceeded only by counts of 15 in Aug 2011 & Sep 2013 (see above).

 

Ringing

Ringing control: A Whitethroat ringed as an adult female on Lundy on 07 May 2008 (ring no. X226113) was controlled at Land’s End, Cornwall on 10 May 2008 (3 days; 143 km; SSW 212°).

 

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