A pretty nice day with light northerly winds; the nets at
Holland first thing produced 3 Goldcrests, a Dunnock and a Redwing before the
Hooking census route produced a Jack
Snipe, some flyover Snow Buntings, 40+ Meadow Pipits, 12+ Pied Wagtails and
were 3 more Goldcrests round the Obs and a big flock of 60+ Meadow Pipits were
along the coast.
Misty and murky first thing but with very light winds, I
opened the nets at Holland first thing and almost immediately caught 2 Long-eared Owls – a male and female,
very distinctive from each other but didn’t catch anything else at all!A Woodcock flushed out of the garden but didn’t
then walked round the Bridesness census route as the weather slowly cleared;
there was nothing really new but good numbers of birds were around including 34
Snow Buntings (a flock of 32 which flew towards The Links and two on the beach
at Brides), 25+ Meadow Pipits, a good 18 Great-northern Divers counted on flat
seas along with 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Pintail and 4 Gadwall along with big
numbers of birds feeding on a hatch of flies and mounds of seaweed on Brides
Beach including 14+ Pied Wagtails, 12+ Rock Pipits, 800+ Starlings, 60 Purple
Sandpipers and 120 Turnstone.
of note was an interesting duck on the sea feeding with Wigeon which was
probably a drake hybrid Wigeon x American Wigeon.
were new birds in the afternoon with the first Sparrowhawk of the spring which flew past the Obs and the first Goldcrest of the spring which I caught
at Holland along with a female Chaffinch and a Woodpigeon while 2 Rooks flew
A similar day to yesterday, breezy and overcast and like
yesterday there wasn’t too much around the Obs census route with a Merlin
chasing a Skylark – which was singing his heart out as he was being chased just
to show how tough he was the highlight!Other birds included 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Robins, a Redwing, 2
Woodpigeons still at Holland, 4 Pied Wagtails, 35+ Skylarks and 40+ mixed
Linnets and Twite.
Tysties were back in action ashore today despite the rough weather
Breezy, cold and overcast throughout the day with the
highlight being the first Rook of
the year which flew past the Obs at lunchtime as I was on my way to do the
north end in the afternoon where birds included a corking, summer plumaged male
Snow Bunting by the lighthouse, 2 Great-northern Divers, a Redwing and 7 Pied
A glorious, sunny day albeit with the very cold breeze
remaining; the nets at Holland first thing just produced single Linnet and Reed
Bunting before a walk round E census was unfortunately still quiet with just a
Great-northern Diver, 4 Snow Buntings, 2 Robins, 3 Redwings, 5 Pied Wagtails
and 5 Herons of note.
Common Gulls are getting aggressive even though they haven't really started breeding yet
the early morning snow and hail showers had past it was a fairly pleasant day,
albeit with a very cold northerly breeze; the west coast census route was very
quiet though with only 9 Red-throated Divers on the sea of note.
A much nicer day with very light winds and only a little
bit of rain in the morning to spoil things; a Grey Wagtail, a noticeable increase of 21 Meadow Pipits, a male
Stonechat at the school and a Song Thrush were the passerine highlights of the
C census route while much calmer seas produced counts of 9+ Great-northern
Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 23 Long-tailed Ducks and 8 Red-breasted
Mergansers.Also of note was an
increased count of 49 Sanderling on The Links and a group of 6 Whooper Swans on
the pool behind The Links wall which included a 1st winter.
smart adult male Merlin came in off the sea at the pier in the afternoon while
a new 1st winter male Peregrine flew over Holland while we had the
nets open – which produced 4 Blackbirds and a Linnet.