Sunday, 1 February 2015

Early February 2015

February 10th. Freezing fog at first. Birds around included a Coal Tit.

February 9th. Around were 38 Snow Bunting, a Bullfinch, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Goldcrest and 2480 Pink-footed Goose. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Goldeneye. Flying south were 8 Fieldfare.

February 8th. Birds around included 850 Pink-footed Goose, 3500 Golden Plover, a Buzzard, a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Woodcock, 60 Corn Bunting, 29 Snow Bunting and a Goldcrest.

February 7th. Around were 300 Pink-footed Goose, a Merlin and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Offshore were 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Eider.

February 6th. On Freshwater Marsh was a Water Pipit. Other birds around included 4 Goldcrest and a Coal Tit.

February 5th. Snow mostly melted.
 Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, a Coal Tit and a Redwing.

February 4th. Snow gradually melting.
 Birds around included a Woodcock and a Goldcrest.

February 3rd. Overnight snow, slowly melting.
 Around were a Marsh Harrier, 2 Woodcock, 3 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 175 Cormorant, only 2 Red-throated Diver (very low count), 55 Snow Bunting, a Brambling, 2 Goldcrest and 27 Corn Bunting.

Muntjac tracks in snow, 3 February 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Hebridean Sheep on Jackson's Marsh, 3 February.
Photo - George Gregory
February 2nd. Frozen start.
 Birds around included 42 Corn Bunting, 2 Goldcrest, a Hen Harrier, 10 Redwing, 8 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Merganser and 1200 Pink-footed Goose.

Tennyson Sands mostly frozen on surface, 2 February 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
February 1st. Occasional light rain.
 Around were 35 Snow Bunting, 600 Pink-footed Goose and a Coal Tit. Sea-watching provided 4 Great Skua, 4+ Pomarine Skua, 3 Little Gull north, 3 Kittiwake north and a Fieldfare in off.

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