Wednesday, 9 March 2016

9th March 2016

Weather: N force 4/5 drizzle early then sunny

A high tide visit was made today in order to continue repairs to the heligoland traps (see above).  Despite high wind and early rain the main tasks were completed. Sighting of the day occurred soon after arrival on the island when a Weasel was seen in the new obs garden by the flagpole and shortly afterwards in the top paddock. A Weasel has been noted occasionally over the last few months, so maybe one is in residence on the island at the moment. There was no time for dedicated bird watching today but noted in passing were 25 Common Scoter, 45 Turnstone, 50 Sanderling, 2 Rock Pipits, 2 singing Meadow Pipits and a close fly past by a Peregrine. The very high tide forced 40 Curlews and 1,500 Oystercatchers to roost on top of Middle Eye. 

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