similar day to yesterday - sunny, cold and windy but the west coast was pretty
quiet with 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls
the highlights, one off The Lurn and one at Westness; other birds included good
numbers of other Gulls feeding in Westness with 200+ Common Gulls and an increase
to 12+ Black-headed Gulls along with the usual numbers of waders and Wigeon and
50+ Skylarks in a stubble field by Nether Linney.
A fine day, cold but bright sunshine throughout and I
walked around Hooking, up The Links and back down the middle of the island; the
highlights included great views of the Northern Harrieras
it drifted around Hooking, the 2 Iceland
Gulls again in Nouster and a Black-tailed
Godwit on Ancum – a very early arrival!
birds included a ringtail Hen Harrier, also at Hooking, the 6 White-fronted Geese near Holland, 10
Long-tailed Ducks, 15 Twite and 20 Skylarks feeding at Neven and a total of 664
the fine afternoon at least 15 Skylarks seemed to head north, I finally caught
up with the Black-throated Diver
which has been drifting in and out of Nouster the last couple of weeks (a
pretty scarce bird on here!) and presumably the same ringtail Hen Harrier was
Walked up the west coast up to Westness in fairly nice
conditions until a persistent band of rain moved in mid-morning; white-wingers were
the highlight with 3 Iceland Gulls –
a juvenile and a second year just off The Lurn and another second year at
Westness (almost certainly the same bird I saw on 21st Feb) and 3 Glaucous Gulls- all juveniles, at The Lurn, Lenswick and
bay at Westness was heaving with birds especially Gulls with 80+ Kittiwakes
feeding along with big numbers of Great Black-backs and Herrings while at least
200 Purple Sandpipers and 60 Turnstone were feeding on the seaweed.
ringtail Hen Harrier was cruising round the Obs in the afternoon.
A horrible morning with rain sweeping across the island
with very few breaks in between but it brightened up later and I managed to get
out along the east coast where birds included a group of 6 White-fronted Geese in fields near Hooking where the drake Smew was once again, 43 Sanderling, 330
Golden Plover, 18 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Whooper Swans, 8 Red-throated Divers and
a few flocks of Turnstone and Purple Sandpipers.
little walk down to Nouster in the afternoon produced brief and distant views
of the Northern
Harrieras it flew up the west coast
and equally brief and distant views of 2
Iceland Gulls as they flew north across the mouth of the bay (probably a
juvenile and a second year).
A glorious, sunny, very calm day but there was little different
in the north of the island with the drake Smewback on Bewan the highlight; there were some good counts of waders around
the coast including 264 Purple
Sandpipers (144 in the north and 120 at Westness), 27 Bar-tailed Godwits
and 240 Turnstone while wildfowl counts comprised 4 Pintail, 8 Goldeneye, 62
Teal and 130 Wigeon.
it was quiet albeit great to be out in the fine conditions but the Ravens were
bringing in nest material to the traditional nest on the beacon at Bewan.