Species seen 30.
My second trip this year to Lundy Island was completely different to the one in May, the sun shone all day, the temperature was in the 80’s and the passage this time from Ilfracombe, was calm and breezy, perfect weather to be out at sea.
Taking the two hour trip I had a good position again on the starboard side ideal for sea bird watching, on route were Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Guillemots and Gannets.
Along for the trip were members of MARINE life a UK based charity established to monitor and record data of Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Seabirds and other marine wildlife.
Upon reaching Lundy everyone disembarked from the MS Oldenburg and began the steep long road trek up to the higher levels where I and many others went their separate ways. My planned route was to take in the southern coastal footpaths along to the old lighthouse and then on towards halfway wall, from here over to Jenny’s Cove to view the many birds on the rock ledges.
The first birds seen were the numerous House Sparrows, Meadow Pipits, Wheatear and Linnets. Along the cliff areas were Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Razorbills, Guillemots, Manx Shearwaters (out over the sea) and of course the iconic Puffins that give Lundy its name. The Norse name for Puffin being Lundy. The Puffins were a good distance away therefore photographing them close by was not possible. I did manage a few records but they are too far to add.
My day was spent watching all the wildlife, Birds, seals, Deer, Goats, Lundy Ponies and Butterflies.
The birds seen today either on passage of on the island were, Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Cormorant, Fulmar, Gannet, Goldfinch, Guillemot, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kittiwake, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Linnet, Magpie, Manx Shearwater, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Wagtail, Puffin, Raven, Razorbill, Rock Dove, Rock Pipit, Shag, Starling, Swallow, Wheatear and Wood Pigeon.
Butterflies seen were, Green Veined White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Small White.
A really great day of Birds and wildlife and for also meeting many other likeminded people, I lost count of the many times I stopped to chat. I look forward to visiting Lundy again very soon to once again enjoy its enchanted scenery and of course the wildlife.