Tuesday, 4 December 2012

**BOOK NOW FOR 2013**
Ornithological staff will be off the island until mid-January, but we are taking bookings for the 2013 season NOWWe recommend booking your place at the Observatory early to enjoy North Ronaldsay birding at its very best and to avoid disappointment. See the website links above for rates or call 01857 633200 or e.mail alison@nrbo.prestel.co.uk for any enquiries.

We look forward to seeing you in a bird filled 2013!

3rd-4th December

Nothing to report from a wet 3rd, but the following day was dry, with a crisp wintry feel to it. A mobile Waxwing was seen in several places around the Island, and one of the juvenile Glaucous Gulls was at the north end. The colder weather brought an influx of Twite with the 78 near Kirbest the largest single flock of the winter so far, while smaller numbers were still in the observatory crops where there was also a single Snow Bunting. A drive around the Island to count the wildfowl saw 163 Wigeons, 82 Teals, 19 Pintails, 12 Shovelers, 17 Tufted Ducks, 6 Gadwalls, and 4 Goldenyes logged, and there were now 5 Whooper Swans on Bewan.

Monday, 3 December 2012

30th November-2nd December

Much the same as in the last post with little change in the wildfowl and wader numbers seemingly wintering on the Island. Presumably the same 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were seen again at the south end on 1st, and the same Pink-footed Goose lingered with the Greylags throughout. Twite and Snow Buntings were recorded daily with 36 of the former and 14 of the latter the highest counts, both within sight from the observatory on 2nd. Singles of Hen Harrier and Merlin were also seen and the 2 Whooper Swans were still present.