Tuesday 1 March 2022

1st March 2022

 Weather: NNE force 3 E4 in the afternoon

It was lovely to arrive on the island and hear the first 3 Goldcrest of spring calling but they soon moved on, as did the male Stonechat that was also present, it was noticed that it was not ringed and so a different bird from the one caught on Saturday.

Twenty two Ringed Plover were on the reef early morning and 8 Shelduck floated up the gutter on the incoming tide.

 There were 320 Brent counted, a lot of them will still be here in a months time.

A couple of Meadow Pipits were displaying on the island. A group of 14 Crows were on the East Hoyle Bank and a further 6 flew south over the island. The female Eider and the regular Kestrel are still here and single Little Egret was feeding.

 The wintering Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Robins and Wrens were noted, also a Pied Wagtail and 5 Rock Pipits.

Best of the sea birds were 7 Common Scoter and waders included 18 Purple Sandpipers, 18 Sanderling, 75 Turnstone, 22 Ringed Plover, 450 Dunlin and 70 Knot.

Photos AS

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