Raptors still to the fore

30th December 2010 – overcast/calm
A check over the calm sea produced 200 Eider, 35 Common Scoter, 16 Shag, 9 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebe.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes included 22 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing and a single Woodcock was seen.
Diurnal Migration
Two skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 175 birds headed south.
Raptors included Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard and Merlin. At least 3 Little Egret and 100 Twite were logged.

If visiting the island over the Christmas and New Year break please try to avoid disturbance to roosting and feeding birds, the recent severe weather has had a very noticeable affect, especially amongst wildfowl and waders which were beginning to struggle and now need to replenish fat reserves.