Saturday, 25 November 2017

24th and 25th November

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

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