The White-billed Diver was again present off the south cliffs of Lamba Ness at around midday but I failed to see it on making later scans of the wick. There were also 4 Great Northern Divers including the first I've seen this year in virtually full summer plumage and there were 3 Great Northern Divers of Haroldswick. Otherwise there was a noticeable increase in the number of Skylarks on the island including a few sizeable flocks.
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Monday, 28 March 2022
Thursday, 24 March 2022
On walking out of the door a Goldcrest in our rosa seemed a promising start and it proved the first of four seen today. As I drove to Skaw the Common Buzzard originally found by Mike on the 14th was sat on a roadside fencepost but took flight heading off east along Lamba Ness pursued by a Raven and I subsequently saw it at Skaw.
Lamba Ness: Common Buzzard.
Skaw: Common Buzzard (same), Iceland Gull, Fieldfare & 3 Snow Buntings over moving high north.
NorthDale: 3 Woodpigeons & 2 Goldcrests.
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
With the revised forecast suggesting the promised rain 'down Channel' would arrive later in the day we decided to give Birling another try. Despite the Saharan-sand-haze it proved an enjoyable seawatch with the highlight being 20 Garganey.
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
The first time that I've sea-watched from Birling for a good few years that kept us entertained from 7am to 10.30am.
Thursday, 10 March 2022
Wednesday, 9 March 2022
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Friday, 4 March 2022
Thursday, 3 March 2022
Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Nice weather today but despite covering a lot of ground in the north there appeared to be very little new on offer.
Norwick: 2 Great Northern Divers, Long-tailed Duck, 2cy Glaucous Gull, Song Thrush & Brambling.
Burrafirth: 4 Scaup.
Tuesday, 1 March 2022
The surprise of the day was a flock of 4 Rooks that were seen flying low over the sea, across the beach and continuing inland at Norwick. A walk to Valyie produced a Long-tailed Duck, a Water Rail and the 2 Woodcock. A visit to the shop added the duo of Pink-footed Geese that have been wintering in Baltasound.
Norwick: Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, Long-tailed Duck, Water Rail, 4 Rook, 2 Woodcock, Skylark, Chaffinch & Brambling.