Saturday, 9 January 2016

Not much change over the last few days bird wise but some life out at sea today during a mornings seawatch.

Guillemots and Razorbills made up the bulk of the numbers with 146 and 24 respectivly. A Fulmar shearing through the troughs in the distance, 14 Kittiwakes, 80 Black Headed Gulls with Three Mediterranean Gulls, an adult and two second winter birds, intermingled and an adult Common Gull. A nice passage of Common Scoter amounted to 69 heading in a southerly direction, some fantastic views of flocks where the small yellow knob of the adult males was even visible as they cruised passed at close range. A diver, which was most likely a Great Northern Diver, passed by at a frustrating distance and became no more than a speck moving through the telescope.

Whilst censusing the west coast attention was drawn to an Oystercatcher which appeared to unfortunately have an injured right wing, enough to render the bird flightless. It was able to be caught to asses the condition of the bird and on inspection could be seen that it was carrying a metal BTO ring.

One of our most common (and noisiest) waders here and probably very much underrated. Beautiful 

A look back through our database revealed that this bird was ringed as youngster back in 1983! At a fantastic age of around 32 years old this doesn't beat the current record of longevity for the species, held by an Oystercatcher at around the age of 40, but an awesome discovery none the less. Lets hope this particular bird can add a few more years to its current age!