hoping to get back up this week end if the weather looks promising,
long term forecast looks a little wet!
Great Northern Diver- 2 west at end on 9th, 1 south over the
island on 10th, 3 flying east off the east end 12th.
Gannet- Several each day all around the island,
well over 250 following a fishing boat off north cliffs on 12th.
Cormorant- Approx 10 each day
Shag- Approx 10 each day
Grey Heron- 2-3 each day
Whooper swan- 1 east end each day
Mute Swan- 1 east end and 3 west end
Greylag Goose- 4 east end
Barnacle Goose- 2 east over the lighthouse on 12th
Wigeon- Approx 20 each day, numbers stable
Mallard- Approx 20 each day
Pintail- Female 12th east end
Teal- Approx 50 each day, numbers stable
Eider- 7-10 each, one showing features of
Borealis on 13th.
Hen Harrier- Juv female 11th-12th
Sparrowhawk- Juv female each day.
Merlin- 1 female each day, possibly 2 birds.
Peregrine- Adult pair and one juv most days
Kestrel- 2 Juv or females each day.
Buzzard- 2-3 adults each day.
Water rail- 1 heard by the magic bush on 10th and 12th.
Oystercatcher- no count, several around the island eachday
Golden Plover- Only 1 heard high overhead several times on the 10th.
Lapwing- 1 on 12th
Turnstone- Approx 30 each day
Dunlin- Only 2 on the 12th West lake
Curlew- Approx 15 each day
Redshank- Approx 10 each day
Woodcock- 1 flushed from lighthouse compound 12th
Snipe- About a dozen flushed each day
Jack snipe- 1 east end 12th
Arctic Skua- 1 adult from the boat on 9th
Common Gull- Roughly 5 adults each day
Herring Gull- Roughly 50 each day
Great black backed gull- 10-15 each day
Lesser black backed gull- 1-2 juveniles most days
Guillemot- A few dozen each day, mostly flying west
Razorbill- As above
Feral pigeon- High count of 28 West town, but more about
Skylarks- Small numbers calling over head on 10th
and 12th, never on the deck.
Rock Pipit- Approx 50 each day,
Meadow Pipit- Big numbers passing overhead early morning on
9th and 10th. roughly 50 each day after.
Tree Pipit- 1 flew East over the harbour early on the
10th, 1 East end 13th,
Pied Wagtail- Approx 12 each day, all Yarrellii and mostly
males, numbers constant.
Dunnock- 1 East end each day, 1 Magic bush 12th
Robin- 1 9th, 3 10th, 1 11th, 4 12th and 2-3 on 13th
Whinchat- 1 juv 12th
Wheatear- male 9th, juv greenland type east end on
11th and 12th with another lighthouse area on 12th.
Blackbird- Male on 9th, male and female on 10th.
Fieldfare- small numbers passing each day.
Redwing- small numbers each day, 1 on the 9th looked
good for Icelandic, the rest siberian
Song Thrush- 4 on the 11th
Blackcap- 2-4 each day
Chiffchaff- 5 first day, similar numbers each day but
only 1 on 11th
Siberian Chiffchaff- 1 on the 10th east patch.
Yellow browed warbler- 4 on 9th and 7 on 10th with none after that
Goldcrest- 5 on the 9th, atleast 12 on 10th, with
numbers slowly dropping but birds spread out across the island.
Starling- Roughly 250 or so
Chough- Only 2 each day
Jackdaw- 3 from the 10th
Raven- 4 each day
Hooded crow- high count of 11 but may have been more
Tree sparrow- no large flocks, saw several small flocks of 5
plus birds in both towns
Goldfinch- 12 on the 9th, grew to atleast 30 on each of
the following days
Scarlet Rosefinch- 1 flighty bird, east end on 11th, flew over the
lighthouse before flying east on 12th
Snow Bunting- 2 flew high and East on 10th probably snow. 1
male at the lighthouse on the 12th