The dreaded blazing westerlies came back with a vengeance on the 24th bringing endless wintery showers during which no one really ventured outside with just a new young male Peregrine over Gretchen which again showed some characteristics of one of the Arctic races – just how common are they? Are they all from up there?
Strong westerly winds again on the 25th but it was OK I guess between the wintery showers, it was just that the showers came very frequently! The highlight was re-finding the dark juvenile Kumlien’s Gull which showed better on the grass around the Lighthouse; other birds included a juvenile Iceland Gull which flew past Brides and a distinctive adult female Hen Harrier with a very hooded appearance also at Brides where there were also 4 Meadow Pipits, 6 Fieldfares, 16 Redwings, a Chaffinch and 2 Snow Buntings.
Also of note was a Woodcock at Hooking and wildfowl totals of 525 Wigeon, 23 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 10 Long-tailed Ducks and 4 Goldeneye.
Kumlien's Gull, Simon Davies
Hen Harrier, Simon Davies