Sunday, 9 February 2014

February 6th

With virtually no wind all day, bird song filled the air, with Dunnocks, Robins, Wrens, Blue Tits and even Rock Pipits all producing short snippets of song during the day. Two Great Northern Diver flew South together in the early morning, which only about the sixth record this year. A Two littoralis-type Rock Pipits were present amongst a flock of 38 Rock Pipits around The Narrows, where the Hooded Crow was also seen.

There continue to be some interesting looking Rock Pipits amongst the usual islanders. This bird looks very much like a littoralis.

February 7th

A bright and breezy day saw a small movement of seabirds out at sea: two Red-throated Divers, a Gannet, 84 Guillemots and two Common Scoters flew past; a Whimbrel was seen in Solfach; a Sparrowhawk flew over the wetlands very close to a Snipe

February 8th 

With 60 mph winds kicking up overnight, the island was once again a scene of huge waves and boiling lakes of sea-foam . A count of 152 Oystercatchers at high tide was a very good number- the highest since a breeding bird count of 203 birds in May 2007. The first Ringed Plover of the year sheltered behind banks on The Narrows, along with a Purple Sandpiper.

 A group of Herring Gulls glide over one of the larger waves breaking along the west side
Many Kittiwakes, including this juvenile, battled southward past the island during the day

February 9th

A brief seawatching session from the North Hide at 1030 saw a small selection of seabirds passing by: seven Fulmars, 60 Kittiwakes, 55 Guillemots and three Razorbills. Inland, a single Goldcrest was heard in the Plantation, and three Stonechats were seen near the Schoolhouse.

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