Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

(pp.170–171)

Selected new records

2008

Notable autumn-passage count

14 Sep – A count of 11 remains the highest since publication of The Birds of Lundy.

2009

Notable autumn-passage count

15 Oct – Six; among the higher counts of recent years.

2011

Effect of cold winters

Three consecutive cold winters appear to have had a significant adverse effect on this species, with one on 9 Mar being the only record during the first eight months of the year. Even in autumn, the only reported occurrences were singles on seven dates between 29 Sep and 23 Oct and two on 2 Oct – the poorest showing for many years.

2015

Unusual date in late spring/early summer

7 Jun – The only spring record was of one in the ditch near the cattle grid outside Square Cottage; an unusual date for Lundy.

Notable autumn-passage count

17 Sep & 2 Oct – Five on both dates were among the higher counts of recent years.

2017

Unusual dates in late spring/early summer

14 May to 27 Jun – There was an unusual series of records of single birds on seven dates during this period; perhaps a single, long-staying individual?

2018

Late-winter/early-spring record

17 Feb – One flew over South West Point.

Unusual dates in late spring/early summer

16 May to 26 Jun – For the third year running there were unusually late spring/early summer records involving single birds on 16 May and 2, 3 & 26 Jun.

2019

Unusual dates in late spring/early summer

5 & 6 Jun – Two reported on both dates.

 

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