Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Sea watches from both the south end and the north end of the island were fairly quite today. A good count of 130 Razorbills with the odd Guillemot tagging along, a smart looking adult Mediterranean Gull in its pure white plumage and a couple of Gannets made up the numbers out to sea.

Around the narrows 37 Curlews, 33 Oystercatchers, 13 Turnstones, seven Redshank and a sneaky Purple Sandpiper joined the 110 Grey Seals on the exposed rocks as the tide receded. 16 Coughs, both resident and non resident birds, picked their way through the piles of washed up seaweed along with six Magpies. A pair of both Mallards and Shelduck bobbed around in one of the bays, 21 Rock Pipits were scattered throughout the area and the Hooded Crow was again present.

Highlights further inland included a Common Buzzard gliding through the lowlands with a Carrion Crow in hot pursuit, a Little Owl calling from the north west fields, Sparrowhawk, Goldfinch, Song Thrush and Goldcrest around the plantation and resident Peregrine soaring over the mountain. 

Not the best time of year for shear diversity of moths but the first calm and dry night in recent weeks to set the moth trap

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