Thursday, 22 January 2015

Winter Wander

At last a calm day, so off down for a first visit to St Marys. Starting in the Brier Dene a good selection of normal species, cracking Grey wagtail, and Bullfinch, but the highlight was a Chiffchaff, unusual find and my first ever Winter Chiff.

On up to the Cemetery, and a wander around nicely interrupted by a Tree Spuggie with nesting material, so nice to see this once scarce species doing well. A female Kestrel was found perched and very approachable, seen again near the wetland.

The wetland held good numbers of Teal and Snipe,but little else, not much else added on the walk up to Hartley, a few Fulmars on the cliffs, Rooks and Curlew in the mast field.

Most birds were on the beaches and rocks, with waders in prominence, though no Barwit or Knot in evidence. 45 species seen, an enjoyable plod.

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