Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

(pp.219–220)

Selected new records

 

Additional information p.220 table (b): the 2nd-year bird ringed in Cornwall on2009 27 Mar 1996 was a male.

2008

Notable autumn-passage count

17 Oct – A fall brought 500 to the island.

2009

Unusually poor autumn passage

There were unusually low numbers in autumn (daily maxima of six in Sep and five in Oct), perhaps due to a combination of weather-related factors, including the severe cold spell in Feb, followed by a cool, wet breeding season in north and west Britain and Ireland, where ringing has suggested that most of the Goldcrests passing through Lundy in autumn originate. Goldcrests were so scarce in Oct that Firecrests were slightly more numerous and much more frequently recorded; a most unusual occurrence.

Winter record

28 Dec – One.

2011

Winter record

1 Feb – One.

2012

Winter records

28 Jan to 12 Feb – Singles recorded on five dates and two on 6 Feb.

2013

Notable spring-passage count

12 Apr – A count of 40 remains the highest spring-passage total since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007.

Large falls of autumn migrants

5 to 9 Oct – A fall of 1,300+ (of which 141 ringed) on 5th, coincided with a major arrival of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and other migrants, but only 30 remained on 6th. A further influx, estimated at 1,000 birds, occurred on 9th. These remain by far the highest autumn-passage totals since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007 and interestingly occurred in the same year as the highest spring-passage count. This suggests, circumstantially, that populations may already have been high in spring and that a good breeding season followed, though the prevailing weather during both migration periods will also have played a significant role in determining the numbers making landfall on Lundy.

Winter record

29 Dec – One.

2016

Winter records

28 & 29 Jan – One.

26 Feb – One.

2017

Notable autumn-passage count

25 Sep – 300 was one of the higher autumn-passage totals of recent years.

Winter records

1 to 30 Dec – Records on 10 dates mostly involved single birds, but there were two on 6th and three on 16th.

2018

Winter records

5 to 28 Jan – Single birds recorded on 5th, 27th & 28th.

2019

Winter records

Jan & Dec – A count of seven (scattered along the East Side) on 13 Jan was the highest number ever recorded on the island in Jan. Up to three were present on nine days in Dec.

 

Ringing

Ringing recovery: A Goldcrest ringed as a first-year male on Lundy on 15 Oct 2012 (ring no. EPY554) was found freshly dead at Ardfert, Co. Kerry, Ireland on 03 Apr 2013 (170 days; 375 km; WNW 290°).

Ringing control: A Goldcrest ringed as a first-year male on Lundy on 19 Sep 2012 (ring no. DPP689) was controlled at East Anstey, Devon on 04 Nov 2013 (411 days; 76 km; ESE 103°).

Ringing control: A Goldcrest ringed as a first-year female on Lundy on 23 Sep 2019 (ring no. LRV011) was controlled at Keyhaven Marshes, Hampshire on 17 Nov 2019 (55 days; 223 km; ESE 103°).

 

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