Shag begin to congregate

17th December 2018 – bright start/calm, overcast SSE2/3 later
Early morning observations over the sea (0815-0915) produced a congregation of 24 Shag along with 8 Red-throated Diver and 2 Common Scoter. A Black Guillemot was off the east shore at low tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 Scaup were amongst 12 Goldeneye and 10 Shoveler were logged. The Brent Goose flock held 200 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 3000 Knot and 3 Greenshank.
Birds of prey included single Barn Owl and Merlin. The Twite flock held 16 birds.
Recently seen colour ringed Barnacle Geese were from Caerlaverock and Kincraig, Scotland.