Saturday, 2 April 2011

Winds of change

Well the season has started bringing visitors to our shores and typically a negative change in weather! After still, warm conditions last week, unsettled low fronts repeatedly hit the islands – much to the joy of those visiting peeps!

As always any change is good change with regards to migration and despite westerly’s dominating today there have been droves of birds on the move!

High winds this morning saw Fieldfare battling slowly west then the onslaught of Meadow Pipits that totalled 350 North (3rd highest count), along with 9 Linnets, 20 Curlew, and a Sand Martin (which I dipped – still waiting!)

The winds also grounded good numbers of waders with 45 Knot, 8 Grey Plover, 40 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and Sanderling while a Red-throated Diver hacked it south over their heads.

But the best hit us after lunch when waiting for the first boat to dock. Everything went up, going mad, totally schiz! We all scanned frantically knowing a huge raptor was somewhere -  and then, there it was, Osprey! Coming in low being nailed all the while by gulls it drifted low over us giving nearly everyone brilliant views. The 15th Farnes record as it stands and the earliest ever by 3 weeks!

This evening the weather had calmed and allowed the 8 Wheatear on the Top Meadow to have a nice hop, while the Black-headed Gulls were back on Central Meadow and Kittiwake were collecting nest material.

All in all an absolutely incredible day, topped of with incredible vistas and sunset….

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