Sunday, 14 February 2010

14th February 2010

A bright but cold start produced the first Merlin of the year early in the day. Other land birds were 4 Blackbirds, one of which was a female and was ringed this morning, also the flock of 7 Linnets that is still roaming the island.
The Velvet Scoter stays off the north end, but there were only 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and 11 Great Crested Grebes on the sea. High tide counts included 120 Turnstones and 13 Purple Sandpipers which seem to have developed a fascination with the tide gauge lately (above).
For the third time recently a Harbour Porpoise was seen on a sea watch over the tide.
Ringed:- 1 Blackbird (right)
(JE) [23] photos JE

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