Another rough, windy day on the 26th with frequent showers and with limited coverage a Hen Harrier which flew past the bar window was the only real bird of note! The wind eased slightly on the 27th and swung round to the NNE but persistent rain lingered through until mid-morning becoming showers later on; the highlights were on the sea first thing and included 1,071 Fulmars (with 16 ‘Blue’ individuals) with single Sooty Shearwater and Great Skua while an adult Glaucous Gull roosted on Seal Skerry.
Wildfowl totals comprised 134 Teal, 381 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 55 Mallard, 6 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 34 Tufted Duck, 23 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Goldeneye and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers with 3 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great-northern Divers on the sea. Waders included 127 Sanderling and 90 Dunlin on The Links along with 70 Redshank and 27 Bar-tailed Godwits with the few lingering Passerines including 6 Meadow Pipits, 8 Rock Pipits, a Fieldfare, 24 Redwing and 3 Snow Buntings.
Red-throated Diver, Simon Davies
Red-breasted Merganser, Simon Davies