A light dusting of snow on the higher ground combined with a northerly wind saw me head to Lamba Ness for another early morning seawatch but it proved much quieter today with 40 minutes producing 300 Fulmars, 5 Gannets, a drake Red-breasted Merganser, an adult Glaucous Gull and 2 Guillemots all flying north.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
I headed back to Lamba Ness for another seawatch where an hour sat in much colder temperatures today produced a Great Northern Diver, 4,000 Fulmars, a blue Fulmar, 6 Gannets, 2 argentatus Herring Gulls, 5 Great Black-backed Gulls, 12 Guillemots, a Black Guillemot and a Little Auk all flying north.
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
With the wind swinging northwesterly in what feels like the first time in weeks I gave Lamba Ness a try where there was a Fieldfare and a Snow Bunting along the track and a 40 minute seawatch produced 500 Fulmars, 80 Gannets, a Common Gull, 5 argentatus Herring Gulls, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 8 Kittiwakes, 30 Guillemots, a Razorbill and a Little Auk (at 10.25) all flying north. I saw the Moorhen and one of the Reed Buntings whilst returning along Holsens Road and on arriving home there were 5 Redwings and a Chaffinch around our house. The north end of Loch of Cliff was playing host to 2 female-type Velvet Scoter, 10 Goldeneye and a Jack Snipe.
Whilst a walk around Skaw proved quiet our return journey along Holsens road produced a Moorhen, 2 Blue Tits and 3 Reed Buntings. An adult Peregrine was seen hunting over Norwick beach where a puff of white feathers indicated it had made a strike but whatever it had attempted to take appeared to have taken shelter on the taing as the Peregrine flew back and forth over it before eventually being chased off by a Herring Gull.
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Friday, 11 December 2020
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
A quick look at Norwick produced a surprise 2 Reed Buntings. At Haroldswick the Glossy Ibis was still at the old church and the Moorhen was still on the pool. The Black-throated Diver and 17 Common Scoter were still off Uyeasound and there were 2 Purple Sandpipers present. A Sparrowhawk was seen chasing a Blackbird at Ungirsta.