Thursday 3 February 2022

3rd February 2022

 Weather: WSW force 3   SW 5 in the afternoon   comparitively warm

There was a very spring like feel to the morning with a warm light wind and 4 (of 5 recorded) Rock Pipits displaying on Middle Eye, 

whilst watching them a obs member heard a splash and turned to see 5 Goosander had landed in the lagoon, they were only there briefly then flew west.

The sun came up and the day became very warm, encouraging a Song Thrush and a couple of Wrens to sing, celandines to open and a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee to appear, a species most often liable to appear in winter as the colonies are still active.

A dozen Meadow Pipits returned to the island and were busy checking their old territories. Because of the high tide the flock of Brents sat out on the sea to the east of the islands, waiting for the rocks to uncover so that they could feed again (458 were counted today).

The female Eider was still here and good numbers of waders were around at high tide including 78 Ringed Plover, 161 Turnstone, 48 Redshank, 15 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Grey Plover.

 Photos AS

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