Friday, 24 March 2023

Last night whilst walking down to South End the Northern Lights were faintly visible towards the north of the Island! Distant red and green glows could be seen peering behind the clouds. 

Aurora borealis © Ollie King

Bird-wise the strong south-westerlies produced little species turnover so the highlight of the day was a Canada Goose, seen again in the gull colony at the North End. Other migrant highlights included four Goldcrests, nine Chiffchaffs, five Wheatears, 70 Meadow Pipits, 14 Snipes, six Purple Sandpipers, and two Teals.

In the evening, a Woodcock was ringed in the Lowlands, alongside three Snipes and a Moorhen - the first one to be colour-ringed as part of a new UK-wide colour-ringing project to discover more about their movement patterns. 

Snipe © Ollie King

Colour-ringed Moorhen © Ollie King

Wheatear © Ed Betteridge

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