Birds of the Unexpected

Water Pipit (Rob Hughes)

Islands 3rd ever Water Pipit (Rob Hughes)

Woodcock

Woodcock on the move; caught and ringed

SE Owl 234

Good numbers of Short-eared Owls have over-wintered

Wednesday 16th March comments: Following the excitement of yesterday’s return of the Puffins, it reminded us all that the new season is not very far away. With the mild weather, the cliff nesting species are settling with Shags starting to nest build with Razorbills and Guillemots in good numbers.

However it’s not all about the seabirds as Grey Seals have been in good attendance recently as the animals are moulting and find themselves out of the water scratching their winter coats off. On land, a number of noticeable migrant birds have also been recorded over the last month or so included:

  • Water Pipit (3rd Island record) seen on 12th January, 8th and 15th March
  • Black-throated Diver winter-plumage bird off Low light on 26th Feb, 10th record
  • Barn Owl on 11th January
  • Black Guillemot 12th January

As well as these highlights other noteworthy birds have included a wintering Long-eared Owl, up to twenty Short-eared owls, Mistle Thrush (scarce visitor to the island), over-wintering Black Redstart and Buzzard to name but a few. With the new season just around the corner, it’s all go and as usual, we’ll be bringing you all the news and views on the blog so stay tuned.

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