Thursday, 17 November 2016

A nice surprise first thing was the first Shelduck for some months passing over the North End and headed south through the island. Further down the coast a Redshank and 18 Mallards rested amongst the rock pools, meanwhile a Common Scoter moved past the island further out at sea. A handful of adult Mediterranean Gulls, 16 Back-headed Gulls, 26 Herring Gulls and 209 Kittiwakes were present along the West Coast during the morning and a Gannet, 65 Guillemots and 182 Razorbills were also counted.

Due to very strong winds very little else was recorded, even the more common island residents were elusive with just singles noted in various areas. A flock of 100 Starlings roamed the Lowlands and Narrows forming a bubbling, noisy mass moving through the grasses and picking around the feet of the sheep and cattle. The Common Buzzard continued to reside on the island as did the Blue Tit.

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