Friday 12 April 2024

12th April 2024

Weather: SSW  force 3, increasing 6 later

 Another quiet day.  Most of the Brent will be leaving shortly, possibly within the next few days, but there are still at least 146 around the islands. Also leaving are the Pink-footed Geese, exiting the estuary for breeding grounds further north, about 100 were calling as they went. A Canada Goose that was in the gutter will be of local origin and not planning any long journeys. Some of the 5 Eiders today may stay the summer, who knows. A Good variety of waders roosted the high tide in Niffy bay


At the north end 450 Knot were there most of the morning,


The 27 Sandwich Terns, newly arrived for the spring gave a good display,

other sea birds visible were 30 Scoter, 2 Guillemots

A Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs on the island were noticed and the best of the other migrants were 2 Siskins and 3 Goldfinches,


and a smart White Wagtail.

Wrens are around the islands in very good numbers at the moment, hoprfully there will be a strong breeding season. There were 13 Little Egrets today, the most for some time, but only 1 Grey Heron.

Photos AS

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