Water Pipits reappear right on cue

2nd January 2010 - early rain then sunny spells NW2/3
The first big tides of the year flushed 2 Water Pipit into the flooded fields between Tummerhill Marsh and Biggar Bank, the birds were associating with at least 7 Rock Pipit over the tide.
Sightings in poor conditions (0900-1000) were limited to 37 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
The number of thrushes present on the island showed a slight increase with 80 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 15 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pale-bellied Brent Goose flock held 111 individuals and 7 Shoveler fed amongst the ice. Waders included 5 Jack Snipe - amongst 215 Snipe, 22 Purple Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank.
Five Little Egret were seen and raptors included 2 Little Owl and a Merlin.
Drake Shoveler.