Quality rather than quantity!

27th November 2010 – bright and frosty with an early dusting of snow NNE4/3/2
The now seemingly resident group of Shags off the maritime coast increased to 14 birds and a Slavonian Grebe was off the sheltered eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
A Long-eared Owl was the only obvious evidence of cold weather movement.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 185 Pink-footed Geese headed south in 3 skeins.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck remains in residence and the long-staying flock of 28 Barnacle Geese held a dark-bellied Brent Goose. The pale-bellied Brent Goose flock contained 98 birds.
The recent cold snap seems to have reduced the numbers of Little Egret with just 29 birds found along the eastern shore of the island on the flooding tide.
The flock of Barnacle Geese held 3 darvic ringed individuals, initial enquires suggest they are part of the Svalbard population and had been ringed on the Solway.