Friday, 24 February 2017

19th -21st February

The steadily increasing wind and worsening weather over this period produced the main talking point which consisted of another influx of white-winged Gulls to the island starting with a single Glaucous Gull on the 19th, rising to 3 the following day and then a good total of 6 birds on the 21st along with a second-year Iceland Gull.   Other highlights included the Northern Harrier making several appearances around Brides Loch, the drake Smew commuting between Bewan and Hooking and the drake Green-winged Teal happily residing on Gretchen Loch.

                Peak wildfowl counts included 2 Whooper Swans, 440 Greylag Geese, 175 Wigeon, 146 Teal, 15 Pintail, 25 Shoveler and 36 Tufted Ducks along with 15 Great-northern Divers, 16 Red-throated Divers and 6 Herons.

                Waders showed a general upturn in numbers (although increased coverage may have had something to do with it) as counts included 186 Lapwing, 92 Dunlin, 54 Sanderling and 95 Purple Sandpipers.   Other birds over these few days included single Peregrine and Merlin whizzing around and the few Passerines lingering on the island included counts of 8 Redwing, 7 Linnets and single wintering Robin and Chaffinch.

Glaucous Gull - photo Simon Davies

The Fulmars at least were having fun in the strong winds - photo Simon Davies

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