Friday, 29 December 2017
29th December 2017
An afternoon visit in a near gale found 80 Common Scoter and the Eiders up to 6 in number.
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
27th December 2017
Sunday, 24 December 2017
24th December 2017
Saturday, 23 December 2017
23rd December 2017
It was a pleasantly warm after the sun burnt off the fog, and the presence of a few Meadow Pipits and a Woodpigeon made it seem almost like early spring. A Starling that sat on top of the mast may also be considered a migrant of a kind.
The Eiders are now down to four, they have steadily declined in numbers over the last few weeks, while other ducks today included a group of 6 Pintail flying off the west side and a female Wigeon closely passing the north end.
Best of the waders this morning were 269 Bar-tailed Godwits feeding on the north shore. Unfortunately no Purple Sandpipers were logged at low tide, while other wader numbers were unremarkable, although 60 Redshanks were in the east gutter until a Peregrine did a spectacular swoop to reduce them to 59.
Friday, 22 December 2017
22nd December 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Tim Cleeves 1951-2017
Monday, 18 December 2017
18th December 2017
Sunday, 17 December 2017
17th December 2017
Friday, 15 December 2017
15th December 2017
It was a very quiet day but there was a large gathering of gulls (mostly Herring) on the East Hoyle sandbank after the tide, no signs of a wreck of either Starfish or Razors could be seen so the attraction remains a mystery.
Brent Geese were counted at 282 and over the tide they were very flighty with two separate groups looking as if they were flying out of the area but then returning.
Only 25 Common Scoter, 18 Shelduck, two Great Crested Grebe and the five Eider were observed on the sea.
Turnstone numbers had risen today to 152, but counts of other waders were lower than yesterday, with 2,200 Oystercatcher, 91 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 150 Dunlin and 48 Redshank. However, 5 Purple Sandpiper were found hunkering down out of the wind on the west side.
A Rock Pipit was at the North End and the usual Wrens, Robins, Song Thrushes and a Blackbird were about the island.