Scaup increase and Shag appear in record numbers

17th December 2016 – early mist/fog/frost then sunny spells/calm
The day dawned to calm seas which revealed a post roost congregation of 38 Shag along with 4600 Eider and 51 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 34 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare and a Mistle Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Groups of 40 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 adult Greenland White-fronted Geese remain and the Brent Goose flock held 277 pale-bellied birds. A total of 16 Scaup were logged.
A male Lady Amherst’s Pheasant was an incongruous sight as it skulked amongst the island’s hedgerows. Raptors included 2 Merlin and a Peregrine.