Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

[Long-tailed Bushtit] (pp.225–226)

All new records

2008

New record

12 Nov to 27 Dec – Eight arrived on 12 Nov, with sightings on a further six days up to and including 19 Nov, involving from three to seven individuals. In Dec, three were seen on 24th and two on 27th.

2009

New record

1 Jan to 15 Mar – The two birds remaining at the end of 2008 were seen on six dates in Jan, mainly in Millcombe, but also around the Campsite on one occasion. They were together in Quarter Wall Copse on 3 Feb, after which one was seen in apparently poor condition attempting to feed on the ground in freezing rain at the top of Millcombe on 5th. Thereafter, one was in Millcombe on 15 Feb, but two were reported again on 21st. Finally, one was in Millcombe on 14 & 15 Mar. This is the first time that Long-tailed Tits are known to have overwintered on Lundy, though there have been two previous one-day midwinter records, in Dec 1995 and Jan 1984.

2010

New record

20 & 27 Nov – Seven on 20th and three in brambles outside Pig’s Paradise/Quarters on 27th

2012

New record

28 Oct – One in Millcombe (Tim Jones et al.).

2016

New records

17 Mar to 12 Apr – Between one and seven birds were present in Millcombe, particularly around the Ugly (numerous observers). There have been just six previous occurrences in spring, including two birds that overwintered in 2008/09. The highest 2016 counts – seven on 28 Mar (Joshua Harris) and six on 31st – exceed the previous spring-time record of five, set as long ago as Mar 1973.

10 Oct – Three flew south over South West Point (Kevin Waterfall).

2017

New records

27 Oct – Six were trapped and ringed in Millcombe on 27 Oct (Rob Duncan, Justin Zantboer et al.).

2019

New record

21 Oct – One feeding in sycamores in Millcombe (Dean Jones).

 

Ringing recovery: A ring found in a Peregrine pellet on Lundy on 12 Jul 2017 came from a Long-tailed Tit that had been ringed as an adult on Lundy (ring no. HRC365) on 3 Apr 2016.

 

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