Saturday, 19 February 2022

19th February 2022

 Weather: SW force 3, rain

Twenty six Grey Plover were at the south end of the reef before dawn and 2 of the 5 island Rock Pipits were displaying on Middle Eye. Two Ravens made an early tour of the island pursued by the 2 local Crows, and despite the rain a Song Thrush sang all morning in the old obs garden. At high tide 80 Curlew, 80 Dunlin, 51 Ringed Plover and 12 Purple Sandpipers were counted.

There was very little to be seen on the sea before high tide but afterwards there were 4 Red-throated Divers, 16 Great Crested Grebes, a Guillemot and 380 Common Scoter off the north end plus the Eider off the east side. Snowdrops are now in flower on the island.

Upon leaving the island 15 Canada Geese were noticed off the west side and the Brent Geese had increased from an earlier low count to Circa 400 including 1 dark bellied.

 Photos AS

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