Wednesday, 6 January 2016

On the whole it was again a fairly similar day in terms of the number and types of species about, although there were a few nice suprises.

A scan through the rocks on the narrows revealed a group of nine Lapwings roosting among the regular flock of Oystercatchers before taking off with their distinctive buoyant flight and almost unbird like alien calls. The pair of Shelducks, 25 Mallards, nine Redshanks, six Turnstones and 47 Curlews were also present.

Around the buildings, gardens and further north up the island to the plantation a Redwing, Siskin and Goldfinch were heard flying over. Again the Firecrest was present around the area of the plantation where a Water Rail was also heard, fleeting views of a Sparrowhawk winding its way through the mature gorse along the side of the mountain and a Buzzard made itself know as it soared low over the building tops. And finally becoming almost a feature of the island now the Barn Owl was seen roosting in one of the outbuildings.

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