Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1st February 2017

Weather: SE 2/3 vis 5 mls, mist

Birds of the day were a female and four male Red-breasted Mergansers displaying on the east side of the island, the five Scaup were still present and 48 Common Scoter plus 3 Great Crested Grebe were also on the sea.

Waders counted on the east hoyle included 83 Grey Plover, 210 Dunlin and 128 Redshank, a flock of c 2,000 Knot flew up the estuary and 2 Purple Sandpiper were counted with 24 Turnstone at the north end. The Oystercatcher roost was c4,500 and 90 Curlew were counted with them on middle eye.

A Peregrine flew low over the main island in pusuit of a Woodpigeon, a small flock of 9 Linnets also flew over and 2 Skylarks were heard callling.

A strange noise in Niffy bay was found to be a large male grey seal slapping its way over the rocks to the gutter then down to the sea, a considerable effort as the tide was at its lowest.

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