Slow thaw continues

15th January 2010-overcast/early rain SSE4
A couple of Red-throated Diver was the only record of note.
Grounded Migrants
An influx of Skylark was apparent with 405 birds logged – including one mobile flock of 310 birds moving methodically through the fields – and winter thrushes have again become prominent as they feed in the now rain softened fields with 101 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flocks of 110 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 40 Barnacle Geese remain while 9 Shoveler were logged and single Woodcock and Greenshank were seen.
At least 3 Little Egret have survived the freeze, 150 Twite were seen and 2 Raven – including the colour-ringed individual remain.

If visiting the island please try to avoid disturbance to roosting and feeding birds, although the freeze is slowly receding, much of the open water remains frozen and birds are continuing to struggle to survive.