Wednesday, 29 November 2017

29th November 2017

Weather: NNW force 3/4,  35 mls vis, wind chill

A very cold feeling morning but with a bright and cheerful look to the islands. Eleven Eiders were still off the east side as the tide receded although there was little else to excite on a brief sea watch, just a distant 300 Common Scoters. Shorebirds about the island today included 80 Common Gulls, 3 Little Egrets, 25 Shelduck, 18 Ringed Plover, the odd Dunlin and Curlew also a Bar-tailed Godwit.

The Brent co-operated by massing on the west side after the tide and enabling a good count of 309 plus a dark-bellied bird. A Peregrine was near Little Eye early on this morning. Flocks of Knot totalling about 4,000 passed over the sea north of the island apparently heading from North Wales to the Lancashire shore.

In the paddocks 4 Song Thrushes and a Blackbird escaped the ringers.

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