Friday, 28 November 2014
Gusty easterly winds prevailed throughout the day, reaching almost 40 mph at times, and making birding quite tricky in terms of the smaller inhabitants of the island. Seawatching efforts in the morning were rewarded with a probable Pomarine Skua, nine Red-throated Divers, a Mediterranean Gull and four Common Scoters, whilst 16 Purple Sandpipers and a Hooded Crow were seen around The Narrows. In terms of passerines, a total of three Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, one Redwing and one Song Thrush were recorded.
A Grey Seal Pup has been making use of an undisturbed Solfach over the last few weeks. Usually the seal pups do not venture onto the island's only sandy beach very often due to higher levels of disturbance. This particular individual is quite inquisitive!