First Gannet of the year

3rd March 2018 – overcast/cold/snow flurries E5/6
A Water Pipit was amongst 4 Rock Pipit and 4 Meadow Pipit in the horse paddocks at Biggar.
Early morning observations over the sea (0800-0900) produced the first Gannet of the year along with 10 Razorbill, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
The “beast from the east” failed to significantly effect the island and the green fields attracted an influx of thrushes fleeing the cold weather with 155 Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, 19 Song Thrush and 5 Mistle Thrush logged.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 20 Whooper Swan headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 274 pale-bellied and 53 dark-bellied birds. Also seen were 2 Barnacle Geese.
Peregrine and Merlin were the best of the rest.