Saturday, 21 May 2011

Trumpter finch

Trumpeter finch
We set of to Lundy with Rob for the long staying Trumpeter finch.

Manx shaerwater
We left home at 3:00am and arrived at the port at 7:00am and boarded the boat at 8:00am and with at two hour trip ahead of us before we landed on the island we done of bit of sea watching hoping to find a Storm petrel but there was no sign , but we did see about 500 Manx shearwater lots of which were shearing very close to the boat also a few kittiwakes and fulmars were seen.
when we landed on Lundy the news came out that the Trumpeter finch was still at the half way wall we thought great but were not looking forward to the steep walk up to the top of lundy

Trumpeter finch
When we arrived at the half way wall the finch had just gone out of view so i decided to walk along the wall and then dad came running after me saying that they had just had the bird so i rushed up there trying to get it and there it was on the other side of the wall and for about 5 minutes i was watching a nice summer plumaged Trumpeter finch after that we kept getting good but  brief views of the bird along the wall, then the weather started to change, so me and dad walked to the edge of the cliff while Rob walked back up to the shop and we were able to get great veiws of Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, fulmars and the best of all was a pair of Peregrines with to big fat juicy chicks which were amazing to see on the nest, then the rain hit us so we walked back up to the shop and got our self’s soaked and then went for some lunch with robin the only pub on the island.

Rock pipit
We then decided to walk slowly back to the Boat and got amazing views of 4 Spotted flycatcher all in the same area and a nice Redpoll, down by the rocks we got amazing views of summer plumaged Rock pipits and also saw lots of Manx shearwaters nest holes a grey seal way lingering in the harbour then it was time to head back home and still didn’t get any Storm petrels

Thanks Rob for your company.

Manx shaerwaters
Manx shearwaters

Trumpeter finch
Trumpeter finch
Lsser black-backed gull

Lesser black-backed gull

Peregrine and Chicks and one Egg

Green beetle

Me ticking of Trumpeter finch

Me and Rob

Lundy harbour

Rare indigenous Lundy cabbage


  1. Very well writtern post and super photos , areally great day out thanks.



  2. keep them coming guys at least you are getting the birds


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