Monday, 23 January 2012

22nd and 23rd January

There were few sightings on 22nd with 4 Pintail and the Scaup noted on Ancum, while the Twite flock at the Observatory had increased further to 32 birds. The 23rd saw a new addition to the year list in the shape of a Little Auk which flew past the Beacon. 12 Kittiwakes also passed there, and there were 9 Red-throated Divers and 3 Great Northern Divers on the sea off the north end. The 5 Whooper Swans were still on Garso, along with 2 Pintail and a single Shelduck was on Gretchen. A 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was still feeding on the seal carcass in the same area, while a 2nd winter Iceland Gull near the Lighthouse preferred to feed on a freshly deceased Shag! The Twite flock at the Observatory contained roughly 25 birds and 16 Snow Buntings were around Bewan.

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