Sunday, 22 March 2015
A switch in the wind direction to the south-east provoked something of a renewed movement of migrant birds, most obviously with Meadow Pipits flying southward passed the South End in the early hours (a total of 391 were recorded). Other fly-overs comprised the year's first Stock Doves, with a flock of four; 10 'alba' Wagtails, two Greenfinches, two Siskins, nine Goldfinches and two Lesser Redpolls. On terra firma, a small selection of migrants comprised 10 Wheatears, a Fieldfare, five Chiffchaffs and 33 Goldcrests. A good day for sea passage, and something that is likely to increase as the wind strengthens in the following few days, saw two Great Northern Divers, a diver sp., four Fulmars, 12 Gannets, 24 Common Scoters, two Common Gulls, five Kittiwakes and three large geese sp., perhaps the Canada trio from a few days ago.
Shags are now busy collecting nesting material from the sea's surface, and clumsily building their nest- a pile of twigs- on the various ledges around the East Side
Some exciting news this year is that we appear to have three pairs of Ravens on the island, all of which are showing signs of nesting. This is a great turn out, and amazing considering the close proximity of each pair to each other.
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