Tuesday, 28 January 2014

January 25th
A changeable day weather-wise saw an incredibly heavy squall of hail and rain lashing through mid-morning, after which the winds remained above 30mph. Seabirds had not started passing the island, although waders gathering around The Narrows included 100 Oystercatchers, 26 Purple Sandpipers, 55 Curlews, a Whimbrel, 22 Redshanks and three Turnstones.

January 26th
With the continuation of the stormy weather, the strong winds did bring a few interesting species to brighten up the monotonous repetition that is birding at the moment!! A Bar-tailed Godwit was seen amongst the flock of 56 Curlews in the morning, along with one Whimbrel; the first Dunlin of the year also joined the smaller calidrid waders, namely three Purple Sandpipers, Out to sea, one Red-throated Diver flew West past the north hide, along with eight Gannets, five Fulmars, 94 Kittiwakes, 73 Guillemots and three Razorbills.

January 27th
A breezy day saw two Lesser Black-backed Gulls amongst the usual flock of Herring Gulls around The Narrows, numbering 68 today.

January 28th
A day of persistent rain showers saw a single Redwing in The Withies, four Goldcrests in the Plantation and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls around The Narrows.


  1. An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  2. HI Ben Great shots of the sea but it is a pity the damage it is doing in places. Love all the bird shots and also in your last post, great shot of the Purple Sanfdpipers

  3. Thanks Margaret- the stormy weather is getting a bit repetitive now!