Saturday, 15 November 2014
Not so much to report from the 14th, but a Yellowhammer was new at Holland gardens, a few more Woodcock were seen (5) and there were still large numbers of 'big' Gulls around with 565 Herring and 210 Great-black backed Gulls counted. Heavy rain overnight brought more new birds on a calmer 15th, the highlight being a Tundra Bean Goose at Viggay and also seen were 54 Pink-footed Geese, the 7 Barnacle Geese and Pale-bellied Brent Goose again at Bewan. The Green-winged Teal was still present (as was the American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid at Bridesness) and presumed wintering Tufted Ducks increased to 23. There were also 14 Woodcocks, a Short-eared Owl at Stennabrek, a Black Redstart at Howar, Ring Ouzel at Viggay, 200 Blackbirds, 298 Fieldfares, 3 Chiffchaffs, a ringed Goldfinch at Howar, a Siskin new at Bridesness and 97 Snow Buntings.