Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The sun finally broke through the thick cloud that has shadowed the island for the previous few days and so, despite a strengthening south-westerly wind, it felt much more pleasant. With the high tides building as New Moon draws nearer, a reasonable sized feeding flock fed in Solfach. This flock consisted of: 21 Black headed Gulls, three Common Gulls, 330 Herring Gulls, six Greater black backed Gulls and forty six Kittiwakes. Three Shelducks and a Wigeon remained with the Mallards whilst two Teals were again in the withies. A few more thrushes fed inland than recently; eight Blackbirds, 17 Song Thrushes, five Redwings and three Mistle Thrushes were scattered around.

Mainly Black headed Gulls and Herring Gulls fed in Solfach at high tide....
.....although 28 Redshanks fed with Turnstones along the shoreline.
A Wigeon was again with the usual Mallard flock.
Three Mistle Thrushes fed in the north-west fields. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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