Scaup continues to headline

26th January 2023 – overcast N1
Offshore
A check of the sea at dawn revealed a post-roost congregation of 32 Shag. Also seen were 50 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 560 Pink-footed Geese flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains and 5 Greenshank were seen.
Miscellaneous
A Raven was the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Badger revealed its presence.

Two bird day!

25th January 2023– overcast/mist/rain soon WNW3/4
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains.
Miscellaneous
The female Marsh Harrier was the best of the rest.

Old favourites all still here

24th January 2023– overcast/fog/mist/mizzle SSE1/2
Offshore
A check over the sea saw 30 Common Scoter, 10 Shag, 10 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Red-throated Diver appear out of the gloom.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 38 Pink-footed Geese flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl and waders were prominent on the high tide, wildfowl totals included 1472 Teal, 1116 Wigeon, 355 light-bellied Brent Geese, 151 Shelduck, 6 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Shoveler and a Scaup while waders included 5300 Oystercatcher, 1670 Dunlin, 1530 Redshank, 1500 Knot, 593 Lapwing, 460 Golden Plover, 251 Snipe, 201 Grey Plover, 190 Turnstone, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank and 3 Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The female Marsh Harrier, 20 Twite, 2 Water Rail a Merlin and the long-staying Hooded Crow were the best of the rest.

Water Pipit and Marsh Harrier

23rd January 2023– overcast/mist/murk/drizzle ESE2/3
Rarities
A Water Pipit was amongst 19 Rock Pipit.
Offshore
A check over the sea saw 34 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser appear out of the gloom.
Miscellaneous
Raptors were the order of the day with a female Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine and 2 Merlin all hunting the island over the tide.

Goosander and Scaup

22nd January 2023– bright and frosty ESE2/3
Offshore
A check over the sea produced 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Shag.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup and drake Goosander remain and 5 Greenshank were seen.
Miscellaneous
Two Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Woodcock and Barn Owl

21st January 2023– bright and frosty ESE2/3
Offshore
A check over the sea (0830-0930) produced 350 Common Scoter, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains and 3 Woodcock were seen.
Miscellaneous
A Barn Owl and 2 Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Great Northern Diver

20th January 2023– bright and frosty/calm
Offshore
A check over the sea (0830-0930) produced 175 Common Scoter, 14 Guillemot, 11 Red-throated Diver, 8 Shag, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Northern Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 25 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains amongst 16 Red-breasted Merganser and 14 Goldeneye.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains while 35 Twite and 2 Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Annual Report

19th January 2023– overcast/wintery showers NW3/5
Notice
The 2022 WBO Annual Report is now available.

Scaup still present

18th January 2023– bright and frosty NNW3/4
Offshore
A check over the sea (0900-1000) produced 114 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Guillemot and single Razorbill and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A Fieldfare was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains amongst 14 Goldeneye.