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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Same birds as last year!

Ritchie and Higgo scanning from Bar Point

  The plan this morning was to walk along from Carn Movel to Innisidgen, hoping to relocate yesterdays Red-necked Grebe. So at 8.30, Ritchie, Higgo and I, walked along the coastal path, scanning all the time, but the SW wind was making it a little difficult to spot everything out in The Roads in the choppy conditions. We didn't make it to Innisidgen. We decided to stop at 12.00, at Bar Point, because it was looking like rain was coming in. In the end, all we could muster were the same birds, that more or less, arrived last year in November and decided to stay and winter. This included, the drake Long-tailed Duck, adult Black-throated Diver, 7 imm/fem Common Scoter, 2 Slavonian Grebe and at Bar Point, the 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull. At Carn Moval there was a male Merlin with a female shooting across the lengh from St Martins to Tresco in well under a minute! Up to 8 Little Egret and only 9 Great northern Diver were seen on the walk and a fem Sparrowhawk, 3 Whimbrel and 29 Bar-tailed Godwit were at Bar Point.

Great Northern Diver off Bar Point

Curlew and Whimbrel at Bar Point

Cormorant out in The Roads

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