Thaw sets in

28th December 2010 – overcast/drizzle SE1/2
Wildfowl and Waders
The long-staying group of 35 Barnacle Geese attracted a flock of 56 dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Greenshank was the best of the waders.
Raptors continue to remain prominent with Hen Harrier and Common Buzzard seen. At least 2 Little Egret have survived the freeze.
The flock of dark-bellied Brent Geese held three colour-ringed individuals that had previously been ringed at Terschelling, The Netherlands on 17th May 2006.

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.