Waders received decent representation today with a Dotterel seen moving north by observers stationed at SW Field and Airfield. A lone Whimbrel and two singles of Ringed Plover on the move, one of which accompanied by 2 Dunlin. A Sandwich Tern was heard in the Landing Bay and excellent coverage saw more monthly totals smashed, this time Shag with 82 individuals recorded across the island. The immature Cormorant was seen wing-drying by Quarter Wall Pond and a adult moved along the west coast. The Kestrel pair remain very active with the male frequently bringing back Pygmy Shrews to the nest! Gentle hirundine passage totalled 10 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 254 Swallow and 307 House Martin. Spotted Flycatcher numbers matched yesterday (16) and there was a small arrival of 5 Willow and 7 Sedge Warblers along the southeast. Two Yellow Wagtail provided a splash of colour and 3 White Wagtail were logged across Millcombe, Stoneycroft and the village.
Finally, after a report of four interesting dragonfly at Pondsbury yesterday, two male Vagrant Emperor were confirmed hawking over the water, along with a Four-spotted Chaser. This is just the 4th occurrence of Vagrant Emperor for Lundy (the 3 previous records were in Sep 2015, Feb 2019 and Oct 2020). This follows on from an unprecedented influx to Devon and Cornwall in recent weeks!
|Peregrine predating Starling © Richard Campey|
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