wind switched round into the SSE while remaining brisk and cold; a little
seawatch produced a Great Skuapast the Lighthouse (the
first one since October and somewhat surprisingly the first December record I
could find) along with 130 Auk sp. in twenty minutes.Other birds seen around the lochs included 3
Mute Swans, 8 Gadwall, 5 Pintail, 10 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin,
4 Ruff still, 135 Common Gulls, a Robin, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing and 19 Snow
Buntings on the beach at Brides.
Not a bad day with lighter
NNW winds and no showers; it was quiet out in the field but a walk along the
coast from The Obs to The Links produced 8 Red-throated Divers, a
Great-northern Diver, 2 Herons, 23 Long-tailed Duck, the Kestrel, 235 Golden Plover,
40 Sanderling, 108 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 110 Common Gulls,
13 Rock Pipits, a Robin, 4 Fieldfare, a Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 6 Chaffinches
still, 19 Twite and 102 Snow Buntings.
We kept the brisk, cold
NNW wind but far fewer showers came through; coverage was limited to a few
hours spent walking round the Obs / Holland / Kirbest which produced the drake Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen, 12 Shoveler, a Goldeneye south at sea, a
Hen Harrier, a big, young female Peregrine (the first of
the month), 10 Skylarks, 5 Rock Pipit, 6 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 60 Twite, 4 Common
Redpolls still, 10 Snow Buntings and 4 Reed Buntings.
The wind had switched to a
brisk NW bringing regular, nasty showers sweeping across the island; little
look around Brides and the north end produced 7 Great-northern Divers, a Heron,
3 Mute Swans, a Whooper Swan, a different adult Eurasian White-fronted
Rue, 12 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye (highest count since the spring), the drake Smew still at Bewan, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Hen
Harrier, 4 Ruffstill, 29 Bar-tailed Godwits and a total of 98 Snow Buntings
with several flocks roaming around.
A brisk southerly wind
through the day but it remained largely dry with some bright sunshine in the
afternoon; a walk round the coast from the Obs to Brides and then to The Links
produced good numbers of birds which included 270 Wigeon, 115 Teal, 22 Tufted
Duck, 20 Long-tailed Ducks, a female Common Scoteroff Stromness Point, 2
Goldeneye, good totals of 121 Ringed Plover and 81 Dunlin on The Links, 4 Ruffand
2 Knot with Golden Plover at Cauldhaim, a Woodcock in Holland, 3 Black-headed
Gulls (the first ones this month), a good build-up of Gulls including 130
Common Gulls, 460 Herring Gulls and 365 Great Black-backed Gulls.
Across the land birds of note comprised 9 Skylarks, a
Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipits, 7 Fieldfares, 24 Redwing, 3 Common Redpolls still
with 71 Twite in Kirbest, at least 93 Snow Buntings spread out along the coast
and 3 Reed Buntings.
Persistent rain through
the morning and early afternoon limited observations to barely an hour between
the rain [kind of] stopping and dusk falling, so a van safari of the lochs
produced the highlight of the returning drake Smew on
Bewan (presumably the drake that was first seen in November 2016 and that has
been returning each winter since).Other birds included 3 Mute Swans (a new adult plus the pair from the 4th),
3 Whooper Swans (two adults and a juvenile), 9 Shoveler, 26 Tufted Duck (the
highest count since the spring), 4 Goldeneye, 2 Hen Harriers, 2 Kestrels, a
Merlin, a Knot and the 5 Ruffwith 150 Redshank, 13
Fieldfare, 26 Redwing and 22 Snow Buntings at Brides.
lovely, stunning day with hardly a breath of wind and plenty of sunshine, there
was even a hint of some late visible migration going on with a flock of 82 Snow Buntingsat the north end later seen flying south out at sea with 5
Skylark and a Meadow Pipit also coming in off the sea from the north.Other birds included 2 Heron, 2 Whooper
Swans, 9 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye, a Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrels, 2 Merlin, 68
Oystercatchers, 120 Purple Sandpipers, a Woodcock at Holland House, 6
Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, 5 Chaffinches and a Common Redpoll.
A good birding day, no
doubt helped by the almost flat calm conditions, although light rain persisted
through the afternoon; the highlights included an adult European
White-fronted Goosewith Greylags near Hooking (new for the year), a group of 5 Rufffeeding
with Redshank near Waterhouse (the first December record for the island) and a Black-throated Diverin Nouster.
Other birds included 12 Red-throated Divers, 26
Great-northern Divers (highest total since May), 2 Mute Swans(the first ones since the
breeding pair left at the start of July), 2 Whooper Swans, 2 Pink-footed Geese,
248 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 139 Teal, the Green-winged Tealstill, 9 Pintail, 25
Long-tailed Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 280 Golden Plover, 19
Bar-tailed Godwits and a Black-tailed Godwit(first one since October).
Landbirds of note comprised single Hen Harrier,
Merlin and Kestrel, 7 Rock Pipits, a Robin, 3 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3
Chaffinches, 36 Twite, 29 Snow Buntings and 3 Reed Buntings.
A glorious day, almost
flat calm and plenty of bright sunshine; unfortunately, sightings were limited
to first thing in the morning before the boat came in, the highlight being a
pod of 5+ ORCA,
seen distantly from the Obs as they went north past Stromness Point towards
Brides (the first December record as far I can see!).Birds round the Obs included a Kestrel, a
single Pink-footed Goose with the Greylags in Loch Park, 3 Great-northern
Divers, a Song Thrush, the 7 Chaffinches still and 20 Snow Buntings.
This smart Blue Fulmar was the highlight of the boat trip to Kirkwall
Slightly lighter winds
through the day but with some longer spells of rain; birds seen during a walk
round the southern part of the island included 3 Red-throated Divers, 2
Great-northern Divers, 2 Herons, 10 Whooper Swans (two family parties), the
drake Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen where there were also 23 Shoveler (the highest count of the year), 12 Skylark, a
Meadow Pipit, a Song Thrush, 7 Chaffinches still at the Obs, a Snow Bunting and
a few birds still in the Kirbest sacrificial crop comprising 24 Twite, 7 Common
Redpolls and 8 Reed Buntings.
A rough few days with the
wind switching back into the SW and picking up to gale force 8 for most of time,
bringing heavy, stinging, driving rain for much of the time; coverage was
understandably reduced (back down to one observer with little motivation to get
out in the field!); wildfowl totals on the 30th included 4 Whooper
Swans (three adults and a juvenile), 10 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 16
Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers while the rough weather
brought an influx of 550+ Herring Gulls and 270+ Great Black-backed Gull.One of the lingering Kestrels was still
present on the 28th and two Hen Harriers were still floating around
on the 30th – one of which caught a Moorhen opposite the Post
a bad day, bright and dry but the SE wind kept rising steadily and ominously
throughout; not too much to mention but birds of note did include the Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, single Hen
Harrier, Merlin and Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 Rock Pipits, 12 Robins, 10
Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and 2 Chaffinches.
Still super light winds
over the past couple of days so we concentrated on catching some of the
remaining birds that are frequenting our sacrificial crops which include flocks
of 27 Skylark, 80 Twite, 7 Common Redpolls, a Linnet, 10 Chaffinches, 10 Reed
Buntings and 51 Snow Buntings.New
arrivals are unsurprisingly thin on the ground at this time of year as totals included
13 Red-throated Divers, 11 Great-northern Divers, 13 Gadwall, 14 Pintail, 7
Red-breasted Mergansers, a Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrels, a Merlin, 2 Woodcock, 4
Meadow Pipits, 11 Rock Pipits, 3 Robins and 3 Song Thrush.
Another fine day with
light easterly winds and only a couple of showers; there was little new across
the island but it was still pleasant to get out in the field and of note were a
Hen Harrier, a Long-eared Owlseen at first light at Holland, 12 Meadow Pipits,
17 Rock Pipits, 9 Robins, 23 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 9
Chaffinches, 2 Greenfinches at The Obs, 76 Twite, 49 Snow Buntings and 7 Reed
Also of note were 5 Red-throated Divers, 8 Herons,
the Green-winged Teal, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 56
Oystercatchers, 111 Purple Sandpipers, 28 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Little Aukoff Westness.
Even lighter easterly
winds through the day but there were frequent showers which persisted right
through the day; the day’s highlight were 4 Long-eared Owlsin Holland House gardens
at first light with two of them finding their way into mist-nets (an excellent
twelve have been ringed this year so far, plus a Norwegian control).Other birds across the land included a Hen
Harrier, a Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 194 Golden Plover, a Woodcock, 8 Skylark, 2
Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 6 Robins, 25 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 42
Redwing, 2 Blackcaps, 10 Chaffinches, an excellent 128 Twite(the highest day count
since October 2014), 4 Common Redpoll, 20 Snow Buntings and 6 Reed Buntings.
Other totals included 3 Red-throated Diver, a
Great-northern Diver, 7 Herons, the 6 Whooper Swans, the Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen, 9
Pintail, 8 Shoveler and a Goldeneye.
Lighter winds through the
day but they were still very cold and from the ESE bringing the occasional
shower in with them; the highlight was a juvenile RED-NECKED GREBEin Nouster (despite two records last year, only the
seventh record for the island!).Other
totals generated by some good coverage included 12 Red-throated Divers, 2
Great-northern Divers, 6 Whooper Swans, 255 Wigeon, 61 Mallard, 14 Pintail, 19
Long-tailed Duck, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Grey Plover, 188 Purple
Sandpipers, 47 Dunlin, 131 Redshank and a decent influx of Gulls comprising 211
Common Gulls, 454 Herring Gulls and 197 Great Black-backed Gulls.
Across the land there was also a nice selection of
birds, mainly lingering stuff but a few new bits as totals included 2 Hen
Harriers, a Kestrel, a Merlin, 2 Woodcock, 2 Long-eared Owlscaught in Holland (a new
bird and a re-trap from 2nd October), 15 Skylarks, 5 Meadow Pipits,
6 Rock Pipits, 3 Robins, 76 Blackbird, 28 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 70
Redwings, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 9 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 93 Twite, 5
Common Redpolls, 19 Snow Buntings and 11 Reed Buntings.
A tough day in the field
with a blazing force 8, cold ENE wind and the occasional shower whipping
through; our efforts were concentrated on the sheltered west side of the island
but it was fairly quiet as migrants just included a Kestrel, a Merlin, a
Woodcock, a Woodpigeon, a Long-eared Owlflying round the Obs at
dusk, 4 Meadow Pipits, 11 Rock Pipits, 6 Robins, 8 Song Thrushes and 28 Snow
Buntings.Other birds of note comprised
3 Red-throated Divers, 4 Herons, 2 Pink-footed Geese, a female Common Scoterpast Trolla, a Goldeneye, 7 Pintail and 9 Gadwall.
More promising conditions,
calm first thing with an increasing, very cold straight easterly wind and
extensive cloud cover; despite the lateness of the season the weather produced
a little flurry of new migrants across the island which included an adult
female Peregrine, 2 Woodcock, a Woodpigeon, a Long-eared Owltrapped at Holland at
dawn, 23 Skylarks, 12 Meadow Pipits, 10 Rock Pipits, 16 Robins, a Black Redstartat Moo Geo, 93 Blackbirds, 7 Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 2
Chiffchaffs, 4 Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches, a Common Redpoll, an increase to
94+ Snow Buntings and 5 Reed Buntings.
Other birds included 5 Red-throated Divers, a
Great-northern Diver, 16 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Hen Harriers, the long staying
Kestrel, a Merlin, 4 Knot and a juvenile Glaucous Gullon rocks off Torness.
A good feeling day with a
brisk SE wind and extensive cloud cover; some increased coverage with the return
of some more eyes, the highlight being the Hume’s Warblerwhich
reappeared at Holland, calling loudly and seen briefly again at dusk and a
female Velvet Scoterwith a group of 7 Common Scoteroff Brides (the first of
the year).There was a good selection
of land birds seen including a Long-eared Owlflushed from in front of
T4, 2 Merlin, 6 Woodcock, 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits, 3 Robins,
a Song Thrush, 7 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 85 Twite in the Kirbest crop, 7 Common
Redpolls (three at Kirbest and four near Brides), 49 Snow Buntings and 10 Reed
Other birds included an exceptionally late Manx Shearwaterpassing the seawatch hide, 7 Red-throated Divers, a
Great-northern Diver, 5 Herons, the four Pink-footed Geese, 5 Red-breasted
Mergansers, 62 Sanderling, 49 Dunlin, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Grey Plover (one
on The Links and two in Nouster) and a Little Aukfalling prey to a Great
Black-backed Gull just off the north end.
much brighter day with almost totally clear skies but we kept the strong SSE
winds; a few hours spent out in the field up at the north end of the island was
quiet with 2 Little Aukson the sea close
into the foghorn the highlight.Other
birds included 13 Red-throated Divers, 7 Herons, the 5 Pink-footed Geese still,
8 Gadwall, 10 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, a Jack Snipe, 3 Robins, 120 Fieldfare, 45
Twite and 35 Snow Buntings.
A very different day with
a strong SE wind, low cloud and general murk (really, where was this earlier in
the autumn?); there seemed to be a trickle of birds moving south down the west
coast including 232 Fieldfare, 125 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush(only the second of the
autumn), 2 Common Redpoll and a few Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls at
Other totals through the day up the west coast and a
little look at the other lochs included 2 Red-throated Divers, a Great-northern
Diver, the 5 Pink-footed Geese, the Barnacle Goose, 16 Gadwall, the Green-winged Teal still on Gretchen, 15 Pintail, 9
Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, a Hen Harrier, 3 Merlin, 3 Woodcock, 2
Robins, 75 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, a Blackcap, 7 Chaffinches, a Brambling, a
Linnet, 35 Twite, and 25 Snow Buntings.
Big, pale Common Redpoll from yesterday Simon Davies
A gorgeous day with very
light SSW winds and almost wall to wall sunshine; we were unfortunately back
down to a single observer but efforts with the nets at Holland really produced
the goods as the island’s second HUME’S WARBLERwas
heard calling shortly after dawn and caught soon after, it was still present in
the evening, calling frequently again just at dusk.
Other birds through the day around the southern end
of the island with a little look around Torness, Lenswick and Westness included
2 Red-throated Divers, 5 Herons, 5 Pink-footed Geese, the Barnacle Goose, the Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen, 2 Goldeneye south past Trinley (very scarce
so far this autumn), 2 Hen Harriers, single Merlin and Kestrel, a Woodcock, a
Black-headed Gull, 7 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, 4 Robins, a Song Thrush, a
Chiffchaff, 5 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 4 Linnets, 26 Twite, a Common Redpoll
and 3 Snow Buntings.
Back to the bright and
sunny conditions we’ve enjoyed of late, it was almost flat calm at first light
but the SSW wind gradually but steadily increased through the day becoming a
strong force 6-7 by the afternoon; some good coverage produced some improved
counts from across the island including 7 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great-northern
Divers, 5 Herons, single Whooper Swan and Pink-footed Goose with 1,055 Greylag
Geese, 420 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 129 Teal, 45 Mallard, 11 Pintail, 20 Long-tailed Ducks,
11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 124 Ringed Plover, 261 Golden Plover, 101 Lapwing,
8 Knot, 84 Sanderling, 40 Purple Sandpipers, 68 Dunlin, 92 Snipe, 28 Bar-tailed
Godwits, 66 Curlew, 101 Redshank, 172 Turnstone, a Black-headed Gull, 177
Common Gulls and 155 Great Black-backed Gulls.
It was quieter on the land but birds did include 16
Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipits, 21 Rock Pipits, a White Wagtail on
the beach at Howar (the first alba
Wagtail of any denomination since 29th October), a Robin, 92
Fieldfare, a Song Thrush, 102 Redwing, a Goldcrest, 11 Chaffinches, 82 Twite,
32 Snow Buntings and 8 Reed Buntings.
Limited coverage through
the day which was a bit damp and dreary with a moderate SW wind and little
spells of drizzle every so often; the days highlights consisted of an adult Iceland Gullon Bewan, a Black Redstart at the
Kirk and a notable increase to 87 Twite.
Other totals through the day included 5 Red-throated
Divers, a Great-northern Diver, 2 Heron, the Barnacle Goose, the Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen, 12 Pintail, a Hen Harrier, a Kestrel, 2
Merlin, 6 Skylarks, 7 Rock Pipits, 2 Robins, 2 Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff (one
of the summering birds from Holland still here!), 6 Chaffinches, a Linnet and a
Fine weather again being
almost flat calm at first light with the southerly wind slowly increasing
through the day and with observer numbers back up to two it was no surprise
that there were a few new birds seen which included the only Mistle Thrushof the autumn so far at Howar, 6 Blackcaps, a Rook (only the second record of the autumn) and 2
Greenfinches.Other birds across the
land included the male Hen Harrier, a Merlin, a Kestrel, 2 Jack Snipe, a
Woodcock, 5 Meadow Pipits, 11 Rock Pipits, 7 Robins, 57 Blackbirds, 40
Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 127 Redwing, a Linnet, 22 Twite, a Common Redpoll, 14
Snow Buntings and 10 Reed Buntings.
Also of note were 7 Red-throated Diver, 3
Great-northern Divers, 2 Herons, the Whooper Swan, the Barnacle Goose, 338
Wigeon, 165 Teal and 4 Black-headed Gulls.
Another lovely day with
light to moderate southerly winds and lots of bright, unbroken sunshine; it was
very pleasant out in the field but there were few new birds with raptors the
highlight in the fine weather comprising 3 Hen Harriers (a near-adult male and
two first years), a young male Peregrine, a Kestrel and a Merlin all being seen
on multiple occasions as they dashed around while the main oddity was a late Sooty Shearwater close in off The Links.
Other totals through the day with time spent around
The Obs, Hooking and Brides census routes included 9 Red-throated Diver, 4
Herons, 6 Whooper Swans (a family party of five south and the lone bird still
on Gretchen – which may be unable to fly), the 5 Pink-footed Geese, 275 Wigeon,
12 Gadwall, 6 Pintail, 18 Tufted Ducks, 18 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Red-breasted
Mergansers, a single Ruff in fields near
Holland, a Woodcock, 18 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipits, 8
Rock Pipit, a Robin, 4 Chaffinch, a Brambling, a Greenfinch, 4 Linnets, a notably
increased 60 Twite (with several flocks seen heading south), 4 Common Redpolls,
2 Snow Bunting and 4 Reed Buntings.
A lovely day with light
SSE winds and plenty of bright sunshine; a walk round the south end of the
island first thing produced the usual array of birds including 16 Red-throated
Divers, 3 Great-northern Divers, single Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose and
Barnacle Goose with the Greylags, the Green-winged Tealon Gretchen, 3 Pintail, a
Kestrel, 9 Meadow Pipits (including seven out to the south), a Chiffchaff, 9
Chaffinches, a Brambling, 36 Twite and 15 Snow Buntings.After the Remembrance ceremony at the Memorial
birds seen during a walk round Lenswick and Westness comprised 5 Herons, a Hen
Harrier, a Jack Snipe, 14 Skylark, 16 Rock Pipits, another Brambling and 4 Reed
It was very calm by the evening so I opened the nets
at Holland where a surprising selection of new birds included a Long-eared Owl, a Woodpigeon (a very young one with no neck
patch), a Woodcock, 3 Robins, 3 Blackcap and a Greenfinch.
A much better day with far
lighter SSE winds and the sun coming out in the afternoon; walked round the
north and south ends of the island and managed to open some nets at Holland in
the evening, there was a good selection of birds but nothing really new; totals
included 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great-northern Diver, 4 Herons, a Whooper
Swan, the 5 Pink-footed Geese and the Barnacle Goose with 822 Greylags, 14
Gadwall, the Green-winged Tealon Gretchen, 8 Pintail, a drake Goldeneye at
Brides, 2 Hen Harriers, single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, a Jack Snipe, 5 Woodcock,
2 Black-headed Gulls, 285 Herring Gulls (big flock at the top end again), 6
Skylark, 2 Robins, 86 Blackbird, 187 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 223 Redwing, a
lingering Chiffchaff in Holland where there was also a Goldcrest, 8 Chaffinch,
a Brambling, 30 Twite, 2 Common Redpoll and 21 Snow Buntings.
A difficult day with a blazing
force 8 SSE wind but I walked around Hooking and Brides, concentrating on the
coast at high tide (with a little look up at Bewan later as well) and the main
feature was a good build-up of Gulls in the stormy weather including a smart
3cy Kumlien’s Gullfeeding in the surf at Brides (not an age I’m
very familiar with) in amongst totals of 190 Common Gulls, 516 Herring Gulls
and 270 Great Black-backed Gulls.
Other birds included a Red-throated Diver, 2
Great-northern Divers, the Barnacle Goose (which has a white darvic ring – YUB
was ringed on Islay in 2013), 14 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers,
a Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, increased totals of 138 Ringed Plover and 45 Dunlin
with big flocks on The Links, a Jack Snipe, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Rock
Pipits, a Robin, 62 Fieldfare, 95 Redwing, a Jackdaw by the lighthouse, a single
Common Redpoll at Holland and 7 Snow Buntings.
(Excuse the first person narrative but I'm the only observer at the moment!)
A much nicer day with
lighter SE winds and plenty of bright, unbroken sunshine; unfortunately, due to
other commitments (drinking in Kirkwall!) coverage was limited to the afternoon
and just around the Obs and Holland but included a Whooper Swan, 5 Pink-footed
Geese with the Greylags, the Green-winged Tealstill on Gretchen where
there was also a drake Goldeneye (only the second of the autumn), single Hen
Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Merlin, 2 Ruffin fields near Holland –
first ones since mid-October and only the fourth November record, 4 Woodcock, a
Black-headed Gull, 3 Meadow Pipits, 35 Blackbirds (including a Danish control
bird trapped at Holland at dusk), 42 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 55 Redwing, 2
Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, 6 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 35 Twite and a Common
More promising conditions
through the day as we kept the strong SE winds and combined it with low cloud,
murk and a few drops of rain (where were these conditions a month ago?!); there
was a small selection of new birds across the island including a decent arrival
of Thrushes as totals included 2 Hen Harriers, a Kestrel, 2 Merlin (including a
new adult male), 5 Woodcock, 5 Meadow Pipits,4 Rock Pipits, 5 Robins, 80
Blackbird, 257 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 177 Redwing, a Blackcap, 2 Jackdaws, 6
Chaffinches, 3 Linnets, 42 Twite, 19 Common Redpolls and 28 Snow Buntings.
Other counts of note comprised 2 Red-throated Divers,
2 Great-northern Divers, 5 Herons, 2 Whooper Swans, the Barnacle Goose, 253
Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 160 Teal, 80 Mallard, 15 Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck
and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers.
A rough day with strong SE
winds but it remained largely dry; it was quiet out in the field despite the
good feeling conditions with the day’s highlights comprising a Whooper Swan, a
new Barnacle Goose with the Greylags, the Green-winged Teal still on Gretchen,
2 Hen Harriers, 2 Knot up the west coast, 7 Woodcock, a Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock
Pipits, 2 Robins, 64 Blackbirds, 83 Fieldfares, 4 Song Thrush, 129 Redwing, 2
Chaffinches, 2 Linnets, 30 Twite and 19 Snow Buntings.
The southerly winds
dropped right off through the day, almost becoming still for a spell,
unfortunately through light but very persistent rain moved in a few hours after
dawn which never stopped at all until dark; the days highlight was an almost certain
Redpollat Ancum with 21 Common
Redpolls – all the features seemed to fit apart from perhaps too much streaking
on the rump.There were a few new birds
through the day including a Kestrel, 5 Woodcock, 8 Meadow Pipits, 3 Robins, 65
Blackbirds, 76 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrush, 160 Redwing, 2 Blackcaps, a
Chiffchaff, 5 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 16 Twite, 5 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer at Holland.
Also of note were 3 Herons, 2 Whooper Swans, 185
Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 9 Pintail and a Grey Plover.