Tuesday 21 December 2010

21st December 2010

Winter solstice produced an excellent mid-winters day with 43 species recorded on and around the islands. A couple of Red-throated Divers were on the sea accompanied by 90 Great Crested Grebes. A superb count of 1,000 Shelduck was made along with impressive numbers of waders (such as 20,000 Knot, 120 Grey Plover, 5,000 Dunlin and 200 Bar-tailed Godwits).

Highlights of the day were many and included a Woodcock which was flushed twice from the island once from in front of the 'Newton', a Woodpigeon passed over (along with 17 Lapwing), a single Redwing also passed over (calling) and 22 Whooper Swans passed by in groups of four and sixteen.


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