February 2022 – Sightings

February 2022 – Sightings

28/2/22

  • Whooper Swan (x10)
  • Greenland White-fronted Geese (x7)
  • Hen Harrier (male)
  • Woodcock (x1)

27/2/22

  • Skylark (a flock of 7 moving south)

25/2/22

  • Greenland White-fronted Geese (x8)
  • Peregrine (two separate individuals)
  • Skylark (x5 first of the spring)
  • Goldcrest (x5 singing)

24/2/22

  • Turnstone (x29)
  • Ringed Plover (x27)

21/2/22

  • Hen Harrier (male)
  • Greenland White-fronted Goose (x8)
  • Guillemot (x2)
  • Kittiwake (a steady passage north)
  • Great Northern Diver
  • Redwing

19/2/22

  • Reed Buntings (a single flock of 18 birds!)
  • Greenfinch (unusual on the island)
  • Goldcrest (x3 in song)

18/2/22

  • White-tailed Eagle (two birds reported recently)
  • Cormorant
  • Red-breasted Merganser (x5)
  • Redshank (x5)
  • Grey Seal

16/2/22

  • Greenland White-fronted Goose (x33)
  • Red-breasted Merganser (a pair)
  • Woodcock
  • Goldcrest (singing)

14/2/22

  • Herring Gull (an unusual flock of 70 birds)
  • Canada Goose (x4 very mobile – our first spring arrivals?)

13/2/22

  • Greenland White-fronted Geese (x7)
  • Red-breasted Merganser (x4 – 3 drakes)
  • Great Northern Diver (x3)
  • Black Guillemot
  • Sanderling (x15)
  • Ringed Plover (x60)
  • Turnstone (x33)
  • Woodcock (x7)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (first of 2022)
  • SNOW BUNTING (x2 on the machair)

11/2/22

  • Great Northern Diver (x1)
  • Guillemot (x2)
  • Gannet (x1)
  • Greenland White-fronted Goose (x7)
  • Teal (x16)
  • Curlew (x14)
  • Turnstone (x9)
  • Oystercatcher (x18)
  • Common Gull (x47)
  • Fulmar (freshly dead on strand line)

10/2/22

  • Otter (x2)
  • Great Northern Diver (x1)
  • Gannet (x1)
  • Peregrine (juv male)
  • Oystercatcher (x28)
  • Sanderling (x15)
  • Ringed Plover (x45)
  • Turnstone (x4)
  • Twite (x30)
  • Brown Hare (x4)
  • Common Seal (x48)

9/2/22

  • Great Northern Diver (x1)
  • Grey Heron (x14 including 12 at nesting site)
  • Barnacle Geese (two flocks of 20 and 87 away from usual areas)
  • Snipe (x1)
  • Curlew (x7)
  • Redshank (x1)

8/2/22

  • Buzzard (x3)
  • Teal (x8)
  • Dunnock (x1)
  • Woodcock (x3)
  • Pipefish (in the dunes!)

2/2/22

  • Red-breasted Merganser (drake on sea)
  • Snipe
  • Great Northern Diver (x6)
  • Merlin
  • Sanderling (x10)
  • Ringed Plover (x43)
  • Turnstone (x4)
  • Lapwing (x33)
  • Curlew (x2)
  • Common Seal (x90 hauled-up on rocks)
  • three separate sets of otter prints

1/2/22

  • Curlew (x51)
  • Snow Goose (x6)
  • Shag (several pairs on breeding cliffs)
  • Sea Spleenwort (in abundance)

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