Wednesday, 16 December 2015

It has been (yet another) breezy few days on the island, with very little let up in the fresh south-westerly winds and largely overcast skies. The high tides in combination with strong winds have been whipping up a sizeable swell, which has in turn been attracting a number of gull feeding flocks around the island. On the 15th, a total of seven Mediterranean Gulls, 61 Black-headed Gulls, 13 Common Gulls, one Lesser Black-backed Gull, 302 Herring Gulls and 150 Kittiwakes seen around the Narrows; the 16th saw smaller figures than this, although a good there was a higher count of 17 Common Gulls. Two Teals were seen amongst the usual Mallards on the 15th, whilst a good count of waders comprised two Snipe, 46 Curlews, seven Redshanks and 17 Turnstones. A Mistle Thrush was the only new passerine recorded on the 16th, which was seen in the wetlands along with two Song Thrushes, a Redwing and a Goldcrest.

The swell rolling in from the west has been quite impressive

This rather bedraggled Chough was found on the beach on the 15th, unable to fly and looking a little waterlogged. After a night near the rayburn and a few small meals, the bird flew off ok after its release this afternoon

Kittiwake over the high seas

Many By-the-wind Sailors have been washing up in recent days

bull Grey Seal amongst the foam bath!

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