Wednesday, 11 February 2009

1st - 11th February

A female ring-necked duck at Bridesness today is a long awaited first record for the island, in the company of 27 pochard and 35 tufted duck. Other sightings include a barnacle goose and 19 redwing on 1st and up to 60 snow bunting.

2nd - 31st January

The wintering greylag goose flock peaked at 781, the canada goose remained throughout and the flock was joined by a Greenland white-fronted goose from 18th. The common buzzard stayed through January and up to 24 fieldfare were present, with a ring ouzel on 17th. Other highlights through the month were woodcock on 3rd, goldfinch on 17th, black redstart on 28th and chaffinch on 31st. 3 different glaucous gulls were seen during the month and at least 1 juvenile iceland gull.