Harbingers of spring!

26th February 2011 – early rain then sunny NW3/4
Rather quiet over the sea early morning with just 8 Shag and single Red-throated Diver and Common Scoter in evidence.
Grounded Migrants
A newly arrived Stonechat was a welcome sight following the loss of the island wintering population during the severe winter weather. A Fieldfare also appeared early morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 21 Barnacle Geese continues to hold the Spitzbergen and Caerlaverock ringed birds and 7 Shoveler were recorded.
The numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls arriving back at the gull colony continues to increase daily and 2 Little Owl and a Little Egret were seen.
The moth trap finally produced the first moths of the spring with Red Swordgrass and Satellite recorded
Red Swordgrass