Sunday, 28 December 2014

27th December
A day of fresh north-westerly winds meant that some attention was turned seaward during the day, with the resulting figures comprising the following: one Red-throated Diver, four Fulmar, two Common Scoters, one Black-headed Gull, one Common Gull, 67 Kittiwakes, 701 Guillemots and 16 Razorbills. In other news, a single Jack Snipe was flushed from The Wetlands, a Whimbrel was present on The Narrows, and the Hooded Crow remained on Solfach. The most unusual sighting of the day concerned a flock of five Crossbills in the Plantation, including a singing male!
28th December
A stunning day of clear blue skies and low winds from the north-east saw the first few thrushes and waders arriving on the island after the snowfall and cold temperatures on the mainland have forced them in search of easier feeding grounds. Thrush tallies for the day comprised 16 Blackbirds, two Fieldfares, 11 Song Thrushes and three Redwings, whilst some other reasonable passerine totals included 21 Meadow Pipits, 23 Robins, 11 Stonechats, seven Goldcrests and 23 Chaffinches. A Jack Snipe was again seen in The Lowlands, along with five Snipe, and singles of Dunlin and Lapwing on The South End. Out to sea, one each of Red-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver flew South, along with three Common Scoters, 106 Black-headed Gullls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 320 Guillemots.


female Stonechat

Grey Seal bull

Mushroom. For more images, see my photography blog

1 comment:

  1. Great selection of birds over the last 2 days. The lighting in these shots are wonderful.