First Gannet of the year

19th February 2017 – overcast/drizzle/mist SW2
Offshore
Early morning observations before the weather closed in (0730-0830) produced 46 Common Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 6 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake and the first Gannet of the year.
Grounded Migrants
Further hints of spring were provided by 3 Great Tit and single Chaffinch and Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 10 Shoveler were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Further signs of spring

18th February 2017 – overcast SW2/3
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced just 6 Shag, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Three Fieldfare were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 61 Pink-footed Geese headed north as did 2 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 300 pale-bellied and 89 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail and 25 Twite were the best of the rest.
Ringing
At least nine colour-ringed birds were amongst the Brent Goose flock including birds ringed in Canada, Iceland, Northern Ireland and The Netherlands.

First Harbingers of spring!

17th February 2017 – overcast SE1
Offshore
A pre-roost gathering of 16 Shag were seen and a total of 5040 Eider were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Barnacle Geese and the three long-staying female Scaup are still in residence. Waders included 4 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
After being noticeably absent through the winter the first wave of Lesser Black-backed Gulls have returned.

Bottle-nosed Dolphins

12th February 2017 – overcast/cold NE5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea (0900-1000) produced A Goosander amongst 47 Red-breasted Merganser along with 41 Razorbill, 12 Red-throated Diver and 7 Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 70 Pintail and 12 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
At least 43 Little Egret remain and a Merlin was logged.
Mammals
A pod of 24 Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore.

Wildfowl and Waders

11th February 2017 – overcast/cold N3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0820-0920) produced 32 Common Scoter, 13 Razorbill, 10 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Red-throated Diver. Later the ebbing tide added 12 Shag and a Great Northern Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A Mistle Thrush provided a hint of cold weather movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 334 pale-bellied and 28 dark-bellied birds, also seen were 4 Barnacle Geese, 3 Scaup and a redhead Goosander. Waders were well represented with 5200 Knot, 1365 Redshank, 250 Grey Plover, 220 Turnstone, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit amongst the species logged.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Water Pipit remains

5th February 2017 – sun and showers S1
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again in the flooded horse field at Biggar.
Offshore
A group of 8 Shag were logged along with small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Common Scoter and Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 14 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Another Water Pipit

4th February 2017 – early heavy showers SE3
Rarities
A Water Pipit was with 2 Pied Wagtail and single Grey Wagtail and Meadow Pipit in the flooded horse field at Biggar .
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0900) provided 71 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 5 Kittiwake and 5 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Barnacle Goose flock held 38 birds and the 3 female Scaup remain. Waders included 6 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 43 Little Egret remain and a Tree Sparrow was the best of the rest.

Winter doldrums

3rd February 2017 – overcast/rain later SE3
Offshore
A check of the sea provided just 6 Common and 4 Red-throated Diver.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 167 pale-bellied and 89 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 7000 Knot..
Miscellaneous
A Sparrowhawk was the best of the rest.

Water Pipit reappears

29th January 2017 – early heavy showers SE3
Rarities
A Water Pipit was amongst 31 Rock Pipit and 10 Meadow Pipit feeding in the flooded horse paddocks along Biggar Bank over the high tide.
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0900) provided 10 Shag, 6 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock again breaks previous records with 354 pale-bellied and 88 dark-bellied birds logged. The 3 female Scaup remain and waders included 8 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.