Snowy bits and pieces

Snow lying means sledging, but it can often produce interesting birding. Despite nearly getting the car stuck at an icy Cross Street the best we could muster was a frozen out Greenshank. A chiffchaff in bushes by Engebrets was a surprise as was the Long tailed Tit in Stornoway Woods. Tristan had a Little Grebe in the harbour, but no sign of any Iceland Gulls.

On the Westside a family of four Greenland Whitefronts at Labost was nice. Six Whoopers desperately tried to keep a patch of Loch Ordais from freezing while 140 Golden plovers, 3 Sanderling and 5 Dunlin scuttled on the shore. 9 Goldeneye was the best on loch Barvas, but the 26 Tufties there were probably an amalgamation of birds from all down the frozen Westside. Nine Purple Sandpipers are at Siadar.

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