Norwegian Rock Pipit and lingering Water Pipit

28th January 2020 – overcast, frequent rain/hail showers W5/6
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again amongst 4 Rock Pipit feeding in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar over the high tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (3 females + 2 first-winter males) remain along with 170 pale-bellied Brent Goose and 47 Pintail. Waders included 4000 Knot and 4 Greenshank.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Rock Pipit flushed onto the salt marsh at high tide had been ringed at Makkevika, Giske, Møre & Romsdal, Norway (1,080km NNE) on 17th August 2019.

Hooded Crow and Scaup

27th January 2020 – sun/showers SW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0830-0930) revealed 32 Razorbill, 18 Common Scoter, 14 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Red-throated Diver, .
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (3 females + 2 first-winter males) remain along with 116 pale-bellied Brent Goose and 52 Pintail. Waders included 4000 Knot and 3000 Oystercatcher.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in yet another appearance.

Water Pipit, Hooded Crow and Scaup

26th January 2020 – overcast/rain, clearing later SSE4/5
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again amongst 6 Rock Pipit and 12 Meadow Pipit in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar over the high tide.
Offshore
A quick check of the sea as the weather front closed in produced just 12 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and a Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (3 females + 2 first-winter males) remain along with a total of 321 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 84 Pintail and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.

Whooper Swans begin to head north

25th January 2020 – overcast/mist/mizzle/S1
Offshore
A check of the sea as the weather began to clear (1030-1130) produced 11 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver and 2 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Again a Mistle Thrush was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 5 adult Whooper Swan headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 340 pale-bellied Brent Goose were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Treecreeper was amongst 16 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Merlin

24th January 2020 – overcast/mist/mizzle/calm
Offshore
The sea was visible for the first time in a few days and observations (0930-1030) produced 41 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Kittiwake and a Shag before the weather again closed in.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 2 Mistle Thrush and a Redwing.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Dense fog continues to cover the island

23rd January 2020 – dense fog/calm
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the only bird of note.

Hooded Crow still present

22nd January 2020 – dense fog/calm
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved a Mistle Thrush
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow loomed out of the fog.

Water Rail

21st January 2020 – overcast/mist/mizzle/calm
Offshore
Morning observations (0830-1000) revealed 80 Red-throated Diver, 39 Shag, 21 Common Scoter, 8 Razorbill, 7 Guillemot and 5 Red-breasted Merganser
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 3 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup remain (3 females, 2 first-winter males) and waders included 4 Greenshank, 130 Sanderling and 4,000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow continues in residence and a Water Rail called.

Hooded Crow and Twite

20th January 2020 – sunny spells W1
Offshore
Morning observations (0830-0930) revealed 100 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Razorbill
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow continues in residence, a flock of 28 Twite were seen and single Barn Owl and Little Owl were logged.