27th - 29th February
Both the 28th and 29th were spent mainly doing work at the observatory, so the usual Glaucous Gull and a Woodcock were the only sightings worth mentioning. Leap day, however, the rarest day on the calendar, turned out to be a calm, dry and mild opportunity for some bird census around the island. A Jack Snipe in the arable field next to the observatory was a bit of a surprise, and the year's first Pied Wagtail flying overhead was also noteworthy. At the north of the island, a Pink-footed Goose had joined the Greylags and a long-staying Iceland Gull was still in residence. Skylarks continued to increase, with 21 seen during the day.