House Martin

Delichon urbicum

[Common House Martin] (p.161)

Selected new records

 

Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest 10 Mar 2015 (one); Latest 7 Nov 2009 (one).

2008

New record set for spring-passage maximum

20 May – An exceptional passage saw an estimated 3,600 passing through – a record for the island; the previous highest daily count was 1,500 on 13th May 2004.

2009

Notable autumn-passage count

27 Sep – An estimated 750 is the third highest autumn total on record after 1,000 on 3 & 4 Oct 2005 and 800 on 16 Sep 2010.

Late date in autumn

7 Nov – A single bird on this date remains the latest since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007 (though the latest ever was on 4 Dec 1979).

2010

Notable autumn-passage count

16 Sep – An estimated 800 is the second highest autumn total on record (after 1,000 on 3 & 4 Oct 2005) and remains the highest since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007.

2012

Notable spring-passage count

3 May – An estimated 500 was one of the higher spring-passage totals of recent years (although a long way short of the 2008 record peak).

2013

Delayed spring passage

Apr to Jun – As for other hirundines, spring migration was delayed by unusually cold weather, with none recorded until 6 Apr when one was seen near North Light. Numbers were low throughout the rest of Apr and most of May. The lateness of the season was confirmed when 40 flew north on 28 May, followed by the spring passage peak of 170 on 5 Jun.

2015

Early date in spring

10 Mar – A single bird on this date remains the earliest spring migrant since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007 (though the earliest ever was on 27 Feb 1998).

2017

Notable autumn-passage count

6 Oct – An estimated 700 was one of the higher autumn totals of recent years (and the fourth highest ever).

2019

Notable spring-passage count

12 May – An estimated 700 was one of the higher spring-passage totals of recent years (although a long way short of the 2008 record peak).

 

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