Bird & wildlife news from 2018

Thursday 1st February

Weather: W-NW5. Bright but overcast

Present:  Grey Heron 1, Gannet 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1, Kittiwake 12, Black-headed Gull 1 Fieldfare 1, Redwing 1, Blackbird 3, Robin 3.

 Immature female Sparrowhawk (Mark Newell)

Wednesday 31st January

Weather: Clear, cold and sunny. W5-7

Little change with the wind making conditions tricky.

Present: Purple Sandpiper 1, Redshank 4, Woodpigeon 1, Short-eared Owl 1, Kestrel 1, Carrion Crow 2, Wren 4, Blackbird 2, Redwing 1, Robin 4.

Tuesday 30th January

Weather: Bright, W4 inc 6.

A Shelduck on Rona was an early record while a Woodpigeon was the first of the year.

Passage: Pink-footed Geese 4w

Present: Shelduck 1, Teal 30, Eider 32, Turnstone 15, Purple Sandpiper 6, Redshank 2, Kittiwake 1, Woodpigeon 1, Short-eared Owl 4, Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Carrion Crow 2, Wren 4, Blackbird 3, Fieldfare 1, Redwing 2, Robin 4.

Monday 29th January

Weather: Clear, SW3 inc 5 from late morning.

A flock of Pink-footed Geese were the first of the year as was a Merlin and a Song Thrush which was consumed by a Sparrowhawk. Four Short-eared Owls remain.

Passage: Pink-footed Geese 145N

Present: Teal 30, Eider 20, Grey Heron 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Short-eared Owl 4, Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Wren 3, Blackbird 4, Fieldfare 3, Redwing 8, Song Thrush 1, Robin 3.

Thursday 11th January

Weather: Overcast & light rain first thing, then clearing. W1.

Two Red-necked Grebes were together off Colm’s Hole.  Two Red-throated Divers flew past making it onto the year list.  Kestrel, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk all seen.  Coverage on the isle will now cease for about 10 days.

Wednesday 10th January

Weather: W1, overcast with occasional light drizzle. Poor visibility

A Red-necked Grebe off the Low Light was a significant record and follows one lingering last winter.  A Woodcock was the first of the year as was an immature Gannet, otherwise little change.

Present: Grey Heron 2, Red-necked Grebe 1, Gannet 1, Razorbill 12, Short-eared Owl 7, Carrion Crow 2, Blackbird 4, Fieldfare 6, Redwing 1, Robin 2, Wren 2, Rock Pipit 10.

 Short-eared Owl (Calum Scott)

Tuesday 9th January

Weather: Overcast, several degrees above freezing. SE5

Presumably yesterday’s flyover Lapwing was seen a couple times while a Starling was new. Otherwise a similar selection of birds.

Present: Grey Heron 2, Peregrine 1, Razorbill 2, Short-eared Owl 5, Carrion Crow 2, Blackbird 6, Fieldfare 9, Redwing 4, Robin 4, Wren 3, Rock Pipit 10, Starling 1.

Monday 8th January

Weather: clear and cold with all pools frozen.  SE2 increasing SE5

First day of human presence on the Isle of May in 2018.  The rarest bird in island terms was a Lapwing which flew in from the north, especially given there were only two sightings in 2017.  An increase in thrushes from the end of last year while seven Short-eared Owls were still present.  Two Puffins, an adult and a 1st winter were offshore.

Passage: Lapwing 1s

Present: Teal 22, Eider 15, Grey Heron 5, Sparrowhawk 1, Razorbill 4, Puffin 2, Short-eared Owl 7, Kestrel 1, Carrion Crow 2, Blackbird 6, Fieldfare 9, Redwing 4, Robin 4, Wren 3, Rock Pipit 10.

 First bird caught in 2018, a Robin ringed last autumn.

Ċ
Alan Lauder,
Jan 20, 2014, 5:49 AM
Ċ
Mark Newell,
Jan 31, 2015, 4:56 AM
Ċ
Mark Newell,
Jan 16, 2016, 12:01 PM
Ċ
Mark Newell,
Jan 14, 2017, 1:33 PM
Ċ
Mark Newell,
Jan 8, 2018, 12:57 PM