Further hints of spring!

11th February 2011 – early rain then brighter SE1/2
A brief scan of the sea on the ebbing tide revealed 7 Shag, 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
A newly arrived scattering of Song Thrush was evident.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 128 pale-bellied birds and at least 20 Barnacle Geese remain, with both flocks holding regularly seen darvic ringed birds. Waders included 7 Greenshank.
The numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gull present on the island are already starting to build with 100 birds logged. A flock of 80 Twite was seen along with 13 Little Egret – the best count for several months, Merlin and Peregrine.
The first snowdrops are now in evidence