No sooner do I ponder on whether most of the Glaucous Gulls have moved-on and there is a return to form today as I found a juvenile dead at Skaw, 2 juveniles and a second-winter at Burrafirth and see 2 juveniles and an Iceland Gull fly south past Westing and Brydon finds a flock of 18 Glaucous Gulls and 3 Iceland Gulls at Belmont! Otherwise the 4 Tundra Bean Geese remain at Norwick and 14 Teal were present on the floods and we saw 4 Otters playing together near Baltasound.
An image that I know my Mum will enjoy!
Second-winter Glaucous Gull at Burrafirth
Juveniles seen thus far this winter are still appearing fresh with the pale eye and bill tip and patchy appearance of its underparts being a mixture of old and new feathers ageing this individual as a 2w.
Dead juvenile Glaucous Gull at Skaw
Sadly the second Glaucous Gull I've found dead at Skaw
Miserable weather with a strong westerly wind combined with persistent drizzly rain. Despite the weather an adult Iceland Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were seen battling their way into the wind arriving in off the sea at Norwick where there was a Great Northern Diver sat offshore.
Juvenile Iceland Gull at Baltasound Pier on 15/1
Daily totals of white-wingers seen from a personal perspective over the last 10 days perhaps suggesting that most of the Glaucous Gulls have moved-on from here albeit important to note that Robbie B, Dick F, Jim N, Mike P and Brydon T have all been seeing various numbers of both species too.
A day at work on Yell but did manage to see 6 Whooper Swans and a female-type Merlin and find 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls in my lunch break at Mid Yell. Literally in the last glimmers of dusk (now being gone 4pm) the 4 Tundra Bean Geese were again present at Norwick.
The snow melted during the nice calm morning but not before finding a Jack Snipe sat beside a stream that frustratingly flew just as I reached for the camera. A total of 5 Common Snipe were also flushed and there was a Robin, Redwing and Chaffinch in our garden. A walk to Norwick added an offshore Great Northern Diver, a Water Rail and another 7 Chaffinches. A trip to buy some milk resulted in finding a juvenile Iceland Gull at Baltasound pier where a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew over and there were also 2 Great Northern Divers offshore and 5 Dunlin feeding on the houb. A drive down to Uyeasound where Easter Loch had remained partially ice-free playing host to a drake Goosander with a second drake seen just offshore.