After a couple of pleasant days, southerly gales (with gusts of up to 75mph yesterday) have kicked in, bringing wintry showers with them, so March hasn’t really brought much of a spring feel to it yet.
|It's been good wave watching weather. Although these Herring Gulls are probably hoping for some calmer weather soon.|
|There were no Stonechats at all in 2012 despite the offer of a Mars Bar for anyone who could find one Although there was a slight return to form last year, it's still nice to get a couple of early records.|
Other signs of spring included building numbers of Oystercatcher (with at least 50 now present), Skylark (40+ now around), Ringed Plovers arriving (having built up in numbers from 22nd they reached 18 by 6th), Lapwing increasing to 15 (6th), Fair Isle Wrens in song and the Twite flock in the Obs garden building up.Other additions to the year list have been Shelduck on 22nd February and an early Red-throated Diver sheltering in Furse on 6th.
The Kumlien’s Gull has lingered throughout, with up to two juvenile Glaucous Gulls also present regularly.
|The Kumlien's Gull has usually been in the fields around Leogh, but has recently been spending more time around the Meoness area and joined the gulls in South Harbour yesterday.|
|A small throng of gulls contained the Kumlien's and a Glaucous Gull yesterday as strong winds and large waves crashed what was presumably a reasonable food supply onto the beach.|
One species that doesn’t often feature on the blog is House Sparrow, but a flock of 61 at the feeders at Brecks was interesting and perhaps suggests a decent overwinter survival. One species that isn’t surviving as well is Guillemot, with small numbers washing up dead in the Havens most days (it’s certainly been the worst winter for auk wrecks whilst I’ve been here), we’ll have to wait and see what impact that may have on the breeding season, following the disastrous year for that species in 2013.