Thursday 24 January 2019

24th January 2019

Weather: S  0-1  visibility 5mls at first, improving later.
Two Rock Pipit were on Middle before tide and later one was at the North end.

A flock of 19 Linnet were also on Middle and a Skylark flew over. On the main island there are still a few Thrush about and 4 Wren went into the Obs roost at dusk.
The Purple Sandpiper high tide roost numbered seven, it looks like this is going to be the highest number this winter. Other waders included 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4,000 Knot, 1300 Dunlin and 45 Grey Plover, 43 Ringed Plover roosted on the South End along with 1 of the Grey Plover.

Only 160 Brent Geese were located around the islands along with the 2 Eider, 43 Common Scoter and 31 Great Crested Grebe were on the sea.
There is still evidence of the fox around the islands and it has been heard calling, but at least 3 Short-tailed Field Voles have survived so far, probably by hiding under the corrugated metal sheet they were found under!   

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