Most of the time, the Mrs was cracking the whip and I was on my hands and knees listening for responses from the burrows and walking up and down the steep slopes, so not much time for birding! However, it was very rewarding work, as the results we got seemed to show the population is still increasing - which is great news! The Manx Shearwater population on Lundy was approximately300 pairs in 2001 compared to the last full survey in 2013 which showed there to be just under 3,500 pairs!
We even found a few birds that had already started to re-colonise the recently removed areas of rhododendron. All good stuff and great to see the results so positive after such a hard and long project of ensuring the island became rat free.
Time for birding was few and far between, but a report of a Black-headed Wagtail on my last day enabled me some time to have a look for the bird. The only bird I could find was a Grey-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. thunbergi), that I assumed to be the bird originally reported as BH Wagtail?
Grey-headed Wagtail is a northern breeder of Scandanavia and a species I recently saw in Finland just a couple of weeks ago, but still a good bird for Devon and nonetheless a good find for the original finder and good of them to alert me to the bird in the first place......
|Manx Sherwaters from the Oldenburg Ferry|
|Cream Tea Birder surveying the slopes of Lundy for Manx Shearwater|
|Lundy Island looking towards Rat Island and the Quay|
|Cream Tea Bird on the island she has put so much work into for seabirds!|