Thursday 9 May 2019

GBBG Nest inland & Lundy Day Trip

Yesterday, 8th May I took a day trip to Lundy with Helen and good friend Russ. The weather was pretty grim with a strong Force 5 SW  and continual rain and showers for most of the day. The crossing on the trusty Oldenburg was pretty lumpy as expected! 
The sea crossings didn't produce much out of the ordinary, the highlights being a flock of 25+ Commic Terns, numerous Manx Shearwaters and small numbers of Razorbill, Guillemot, Fulmar and Gannet.

Grounded migrants in the difficult conditions included:
3 Spot Fly
4 Sedge Warbler
6+ Willow Warbler
4 Common Whitethroat
1+ Chiffchaff
Plus Swallow and House Martin, a single Sand Martin and Common Swift heading north.

On the 7th May Russ and I came across a nesting pair of Great Black-backed Gulls on the roof of Topp Tiles, Liverton Business Park. Unusual to see this species nesting on buildings and even more unusual when it is at least 2Km from the coast!
Nesting Great Black-backed Gull, Liverton Business Park Exmouth

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