Ravens origins revealed

16th February 2010 – sunny spells and snow showers SW1/2
A couple of early Gannet were the highlight of morning observations (0840-0940) which also provided 52 Common Scoter, 20 Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Kittiwake, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock again contained 118 pale-bellied individuals and 2 Gadwall were seen. Results of the monthly WeBS count included 280 Shelduck, 506 Wigeon, 120 Red-breasted Merganser, 2770 Oystercatcher, 660 Golden Plover, 236 Grey Plover, 370 Lapwing, 3565 Knot, 2560 Dunlin, 541 Curlew, 1060 Redshank and 183 Turnstone.
Odds and ends included 3 Little Egret and single Peregrine and Little Owl.
The details of the colour-ringed Raven that has toured the island this winter have just been received. Not unexpectedly it is of Cumbrian origin having been one of four nestlings ringed at a site near Kendal in 2005.