Wednesday 15 February 2017

15th February 2017

SE 4/5 vis 1 ml mist, high wind chill
Today the Brent Geese were counted at 237 and included the Canadian ringed bird clearly visible on the whaleback. Waders on the east hoyle were 138 Redshank, 186 Grey Plover, 31 Curlew, 84 Bar tailed Godwits, 60 Knot and 100+ Turnstone were about the island.
A pair of Red-breasted Merganser flew west past the north end, 4 Great Creasted Grebe and 400 Common Scoter were on the sea with 2 male Scaup and a male Teal close in at the north end.
Three swans were seen flying west between little eye and middle but visibility was too poor to identify them. 
When all the birds at the north end went up, no bird of prey could be seen, but when an observer sheltering from the wind behind the old obs fence decided to leave.... a Short-eared Owl flew up from the bracken, flying high out to sea.

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