Sunday, 5 February 2017

Freezing winds whipped across the island as morning census took place, heading south down the West Coast towards the Narrows. The usual scattering of Cormorants and Shags were present off the coast, four and eight seen respectively. Reasonable numbers of waders were also logged which included two Whimbrels, 33 Curlews, 15 Redshanks and two Turnstones. Other sightings in the area consisted of five Shelducks, two Mallards, a Meadow Pipit, seven Rock Pipits, 18 Choughs, 26 Starlings and 106 Grey Seals. The highlight of the morning came as two Whooper Swans passed just thirty meters or so overhead, calling as they passed and disappeared up the West Coast in a northerly direction.

Very small numbers of gulls were seen around the island whilst offshore, three Black-headed Gulls, an adult Common Gull, 20 Herring Gulls, five Greater Black-backed Gulls and four Kittiwakes were recorded. Other birds spotted out at sea included a single Common Scoter, three Guillemots and ten Razorbills. Little else was seen inland although five Goldcrests, four at the Plantation and one in the Observatory garden, a Little Owl, two male Stonechats and three Song Thrushes were recorded.

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