Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Nothing to report from a wet 3rd, but the following day was dry, with a crisp wintry feel to it. A mobile Waxwing was seen in several places around the Island, and one of the juvenile Glaucous Gulls was at the north end. The colder weather brought an influx of Twite with the 78 near Kirbest the largest single flock of the winter so far, while smaller numbers were still in the observatory crops where there was also a single Snow Bunting. A drive around the Island to count the wildfowl saw 163 Wigeons, 82 Teals, 19 Pintails, 12 Shovelers, 17 Tufted Ducks, 6 Gadwalls, and 4 Goldenyes logged, and there were now 5 Whooper Swans on Bewan.