Birds on Lundy 2009
Davis, T. & Jones, T. (2010) Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2009 59:18-53
Four Cormorants sitting on Gannets' Rock in early February, some in the early stages of breeding plumage, prompted thoughts that the species might return to breed there, but none stayed into the spring. A single Cormorant, seen on six days in the second winter-period, may have overwintered. Oystercatchers peaked at 14 on 27 December.
Counts of 1,000-1,500 Kittiwakes were recorded in the early part of the year, in particular during a cold spell with strong easterlies in early February; and 1,000 were present off North End and the East Side on Christmas Day. Grant Sherman's longstanding interest in Guillemots yielded high counts of birds back on their breeding ledges in February (1,288) and December (1,115).
Storm Petrels continue to elude efforts to prove that they are breeding on the island, none of the nearly 30 birds caught showing signs of a brood patch; more work to try and establish whether the species does breed on Lundy is planned for 2010.
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