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7th - 12th February
Most of my recent birding has taken place at night while conducting nocturnal surveys around the southern quarter of the island with the fantastic new support from enthusiastic islander, Jane Sharkey! A session on 7th revealed the elusive female Snow Bunting is still overwintering, roosting in South West Field. A couple of additional nocturnal sessions puts our current annual ringing totals at 21 new Common Snipe, 7 new Jack Snipe, 3 new Woodcock and 5 new Skylark. The Green-winged Teal continues its residence at Pondsbury, logged during visits to the site on 7th and 12th. A high tide visit to Brazen Ward on 7th only revealed 6 roosting Purple Sandpiper, however it's likely more were out of sight. Further north, a roosting Woodcock flushed from Gannet's Coombe while the female Kestrel worked the sidelands. The day also welcomed the first stirrings of spring with a hint of passerine movement, namely 7 Meadow Pipit and 9 Skylark. A visit to Jenny's Cove on 12th enjoyed 190 Kittiwake going in and out of breeding sites, accompanied by 12 Guillemot on ledges while 2 Great Northern Diver were feeding in the Landing Bay.