Thursday, 22 November 2018

22nd November


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 GREBE in 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 Owls caught 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.



Red-necked Grebe                                   Simon Davies

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