Friday, 29 January 2016

A trip up and over the mountain was the start to the day today. Rounding the southern end of the mountain and starting the accent a Sparrowhawk was disturbed from a small clump of gorse, a stunning adult male with its pure slate grey upper parts and bright rufous throat, as it flew off to take shelter somewhere else it was clutching recently caught prey in its talons. Further along the mountain 77 Herring Gulls along with two Lesser Black-blacked, two Greater Black-backed Gulls, 11 Kittiwakes and two Choughs dotted the colonies and rode the winds below. A Shag passing the east side and two Meadow Pipits were seen along the ridge.

Descending the north end of the mountain and heading passed the plantation was very quiet but we were greeted by a couple of singing Wrens, Robins and calling Dunnock. Singles of Blackbird, Goldcrest and Moorhen skulked in the gardens, and a flock of four Linnets and five Chaffinches frequented a field next to the chapel.

At sea off the west coast 62 Guillemots, 7 Razorbills and three Kittiwakes passed. 

With the swell and waves being so large and prolific, sea watching has been a lot easier when finding shelter behind the various houses on the island

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