Wednesday, 30 March 2011


With harsh weather looming upon the horizon of our week yesterdays beautiful weather was relished, by us and the birds!

A morning walk produced Woodcock and a selection of flyover/grounded migrants including Redwing (1), Skylark (1), Starling (1), Meadow Pipit (8) while lingering Linnet (5), Purple Sand (2 – but al most defo more) along with various chat shaped bits provided interest.

Breeding birds are returning to the islands in droves now with a pair of Shellduck joining the puffins in the centre of Inner Farne. While today I observed Puffin display flight and Kittiwakes are collecting nest material for the first time since our arrival.

Kittiwake giving it all that

Anyway back to yesterday….the quality can in all sorts of shapes with an early morning female Wheatear being joined by a male while I looked for a cock Gadwall found by Steely slightly earlier. In due course he showed to all wardens in our first group twitch! Ideal! (Gadwall is less than annual on the Farnes).

Later while watching 7 Sandwich Terns in the roost, 3 Gadwall were found, a red-letter day for this species! With red once again featuring in the awesome sunset...

See you later

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