Wildfowl totals comprised 9 Great-northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 132 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 66 Teal, 10 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck, 19 Long-tailed Ducks and 7 Red-breasted Mergansers while 168 Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, 2 Ruff, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Black-tailed Godwits and the Kumlien’s Gull were counted.
A step backwards towards winter on the 3rd with a biting NE wind bringing frequent and heavy snow and hail showers across the island; a Woodlark seen briefly at Sandar was a bit of a surprise but it couldn’t be re-found after the initial couple of sightings (following one last month, the ninth for the island!).
Perhaps unsurprisingly there weren’t really any new birds unearthed in the unpleasant conditions – a big female Peregrine flew over Ancum and a Jack Snipe was flushed from the centre of the island while 5 Woodcock, a Grey Wagtail, yesterday’s Stonechat, 2 Mistle Thrushes, a Brambling and a Carrion Crow were also of note.
Drumming snipe are beginning to echo across the island