Water Pipits return

4th November 2009 - heavy showers W4
At least two Water Pipit were flushed from the tidal saltmarshes and spent the high tide period in the flooded horse paddocks along Biggar Bank in association with 12 Rock Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit and 10 Skylark.
A quieter morning over the sea (0745-0845) produced just 33 Kittiwake, 26 Common Scoter, 7 Razorbill, a Red-throated Diver and a late Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were noted in between the showers with 10 Chaffinch, 8 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing and 4 Whooper Swan logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock increased to 130 birds consisting of 98 pale-bellied birds (all adults) and 32 dark-bellied birds (30 adults and 2 juveniles).
Dawn provided a post-roost gathering of 37 Little Egret. A flock of 50 Twite proved elusive.
A number of colour-ringed birds are again present amongst the pale-bellied Brent Goose flock. Two have now been identified (P2WW & PDWW) these are considered a pair and were originally ringed at Strangford Lough, Northern Island on 16th October 2007 and have been annual winter visitors to the island ever since.
A couple of record shots of one of today's Water Pipits.