Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday Sightings.

More of the same! Not quite the commonest gull on the island, but a total of seven Iceland Gulls were around today. As noted elsewhere first, most of the birds in the influx are in the older age groups.
This third winter gave a close fly past in South Harbour. The photos seem to show a darker wash to the primaries, which I didn't notice in the field, but then I made the schoolboy mistake of going straight for the camera not the binoculars as it flew by the van. Sloppy.
Seaduck are not especially common around Fair Isle waters, although Common Scoter and Long-tailed Duck have both overwintered this year (along with a Red-breasted Merganser that wasn't seen today). A Little Auk was also in North Haven today and other birds around the island included Water Rail and Whooper Swan.

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