Wednesday, 7 December 2011
5th to 7th December
The island remains quiet despite the continuing current cold snap with only a few minor cold weather movements observed. The snow and ice remained to 5th when there was an increase in Lapwing numbers to at least 113, including several small groups noted flying south and out to sea in search of unfrozen ground. A few Curlew, Fieldfares and Redwings were also seen to fly south, and 21 Skylarks were counted in suitable habitats. Geese continue to feature with 7 Tundra Bean Geese present on 6th, and a single Greenland White-fronted Goose joined 59 European White-fronted Geese near the school on 7th. One each of Hen Harrier and Merlin remained throughout along with 7 Twite.