Whinchat

Saxicola rubetra

(pp.180–181)

Selected new records

 

Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest 14 Apr 2012 (one); Latest 16 Nov 2013 (one) – the latest ever for the island, the previous latest date being 10 Nov 1952.

2007

Notable spring-passage count

30 Apr – Four on this date remains the highest spring-passage count since publication of The Birds of Lundy; three were recorded in May 2008 and May 2017. The all-time spring maximum was 30 on 2 May 2004.

2011

Notable autumn-passage count

2 Oct – A count of 15 (during a period of exceptionally hot weather, with warm, southerly winds) was the highest ever recorded on Lundy in Oct and remains the highest number recorded during autumn passage since publication of The Birds of Lundy (the all-time record was 25 in Sep 1958 and Sep 1972).

2012

An early date in spring

14 Apr – One; among the earliest ever recorded on the island, although still some way behind the earliest ever, which occurred on 17 Mar in both 1955 and 1958.

2013

Late bird in autumn

16 Nov – One; the latest ever recorded on Lundy (see above).

2015

Notable autumn-passage count

16 Sep – A count of 11 was the second-highest total recorded during autumn passage since publication of The Birds of Lundy.

 

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