Many thanks to those that got in touch with records – I am sure you will all be relieved to hear that Mute Swan has been recorded on the Island (one at Ushet Lough last autumn). Other additions to the list are Scaup (a few previous records), Glaucous Gull and Waxwing (5 present on 6 November 2005). Another interesting record is of a Dark-bellied Brent Goose on 2 May 2008. Any sort of Brent Goose on the island is a good record but unfortunately even on my unofficial list, this doesn’t go down as a full species.
It was also interesting to discover a previous Bullfinch record (1 June 2007) and a couple of previous records of Yellowhammer – the latter seems to occur during cold weather movements – I’d best check the wild bird cover patches next visit! This has bumped the island list up to a staggeringly low 180!
For anyone that missed this the first time – here’s just some of the species not on the list:
Pintail, Shoveler, Long-tailed Duck, Grey Plover, Dotterel, Slavonian Grebe, Garganey, Velvet Scoter, Smew, Green Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Dipper, Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart, Long-tailed Tit, Treecreeper, Jay, Tree Sparrow, Bewick’s Swan, Long-tailed Skua, Reed Warbler