Friday 9 February 2024

9th February 2024

 Weather: E force with drizzle, later SSE 2/3

 A damp but nice day. The tide made higher than predicted because of the large low pressure stationed out to the west of Britain, and various waders enjoyed the wet and temporary puddles on the island.

 An Oystercatcher even preferred to feed on the island grass rather than the shore.

 Three Mallard took advantage of the overflowing main island pond.

and a Curlew selected the main island viewpoint at the high tide rather than the normal roost on Middle Eye.

 Turnstone (80 today) rested on Lion rock in Niffy bay.

 Ringed Plover (45 seen) as usual roosted on the island rocks.

  Curlews (205) later fed on the shore, as did Grey Plover (22),


 Some of the 12 Purple Sandpipers were at the north end.


 Not to be left out our Kestrel showed well as usual.


The small residents seem to be preparing for spring, there were 14 Wrens today, 6 Meadow and 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Blackbirds and 2 Song Thrushes (hopefully a pair to stay with us), A Red-throated Diver, 112 Common Scoter and 3 Guillemots were on the sea, while the Brent reached a massive 525 birds plus a dark-bellied bird. Three Goosanders (2 were males) and 4 Eiders (2males) were also around the island. The Fox still shows signs of its presence.

Photos CJW

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