Brent Geese finally allow close scrutiny

22nd February 2009 - early drizzle then sunny W4/5
A quiet morning (0830-0930) with just 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Common Scoter and 4 Red-throated Diver seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 100 Brent Geese (98 pale, 2 dark) contained four colour-ringed individuals including HIWW, but there was no sign of Heart 3L (see opposite). Waders included 3000 Knot, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
At least 5 Little Egret remain and a pre-roost gathering of 50 Magpie was seen. It's not that long ago that the Magpie waas considered a rare bird on the island!