Tuesday 15 November 2011

Count continues

Seal pup on Brownsman (Ciaran Hatsell)

Tuesday 15th November comments: Just a quick update as it's been a long day on the islands as the team have been involved in the latest round of counting and spraying of the Seal pups on the islands. Since our last visit we have had 167 new pups born bringing our island total to a very healthy 1,234 pups this autumn!! With three weeks to go, we'll be pushing close to last season's total of 1,499.

It wasn't just the seals which captured our attention as we've had a few birds, including a stunning Long-eared Owl, which perched nicely for all to view. We also discovered our first Waxwing of the autumn, a lone bird flying west, calling low over the islands which is a part of a national influx.

Today's highlights: Purple Sandpiper 90, Short-eared Owl 2, Long-eared Owl 1, Woodcock 4, Black Redstart, Waxwing 1 west, Blackcap 2 and Snow Bunting 3.

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