The breeze had shifted to the west and freshened slightly. Overcast, but dry all day.
Greylag goose 2N
Red-throated diver 1
Great crested grebe 4
Herring gull 120
Meadow pipit 114 N
Rock pipit 3 N
Pete checked the low water channels and obviously saw some of the same birds:
Great Crested grebe 6
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Just a trickle of movement north, later in the morning past the harbour:
Meadow Pipit 5
Alba wagtail 2
The highlight of the day (for me at least (MD)) was Jean managing to catch and ring one of the Harbour Rock Pipits. There were two displaying males plus two other birds between the lighthouse and the waterfall. Jean eventually caught a male.
|Unfortunately, the plumage difference between adult and immature birds|
in spring really requires comparison of the two - not really practical with one bird
This is the trap, which was made by Alan. In this clip there are three Rock Pipits checking it out.