Friday, 13 March 2015

10th to 13th March

The first few days were all about the wind, with storm force conditions making life difficult standing up let alone focussing binoculars. The 13th though was a different story, with not even a breath of wind and glorious sunshine for most of the day and there were even a few spring migrants to go with the at last, better weather. New birds for the year included the first Pied Wagtail on 11th, with 8 present by 13th followed by singles of Sparrowhawk, Stonechat and Rook all on 13th too. The Hooking Tundra Bean Goose was seen on the first 2 dates, with 2 Greenland White fronted Geese that day and 1 subsequently, while the Green-winged Teal put in an appearance on 13th. Both the usual Glaucous Gulls were noted on 12th, with a single 11th and 13th while a 2nd winter Iceland Gull was off Bridesness on 10th. A Woodcock on 13th was new, with up to 2 Hen Harriers, a Merlin and a Peregrine more likely lingering individuals. There's also been slightly more passerine interest than of late with the Mistle Thrush still present on 10th, along with a small arrival of Fieldfares and Redwings on 13th when a Siskin passed above and Skylarks, a few more Meadow and Rock Pipits also clearly passing through with the improvement in the weather.

Tundra Bean Goose (photo Stephen Rutt)
Mistle Thrush
Eider (photo Stephen Rutt)

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