Sunday, 5 February 2017

5th February 2017

Weather: SW force 2

The dawn was spectacular this morning and it was a lovely day, sunny with hardly any wind. There were birds all-round the island, lots of Brent Geese (230) and waders, including c1,300 Dunlin leaving the estuary but not many on the island apart from a single Grey Plover and three Purple Sandpiper at the North End.

There were very few passerines around although a Wren was re-trapped which was 1 of 3 present and is the first bird processed here this year.

Also present were 2 Rock Pipits, a Blackbirds and 2 Robins,while on the sea were 5 Great Crested Grebes and a Common Scoter. A sign of the coming spring was the Snow Drops that were in flower in the new obs garden.

There was a juvenile seal on the west side at the bottom of the steps by the light that was apparently injured. The Coast Guard were there to rescue it. 

Meanwhile a sea-watch by visiting birder Elliot Montieth proved excellent with a single Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 22 Great crested Grebe
80c Common Scoter and 4 Scaup (2m & 2f).

Three photos above @Elliot_Montieth (as shown) remainder JE

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