Typical early winter fare on the island today. 142 Brent Geese were present before the high tide but as always, counting was difficult as they were well spread along the shore. Closer views were obtained after the tide and the two colour-ringed birds Red H;Blue D and Blue S;White H (see 12th October blog entry) were noted as was just one of the dark-bellied birds. A sea watch over the high tide produced 39 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Red-throated Diver, 5 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill, with four Little Egrets together flying to Point of Air. Eleven Purple Sandpiper equalled this winter's highest count so far.
Passerines were thin on the ground with just 6 Robins, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Goldfinch and a solitary Skylark flying West. The regular Merlin flew through early morning