Lisa & I walked at St Bride’s this afternoon, primarily to get away from the fixed stream of off-the-lead canine walkers on the Gann, but in addition to see if the King Eider was nonetheless off Stack Rocks – and it was. Anchored in the identical spot for not less than an hour early afternoon, simply west of the rocks, precisely the place it was final seen on fifteenth December. In that point it did not dive as soon as, primarily spending its time preening and sleeping. It’s wanting like a usually prolonged keep for this species. It has superior a bit since we final noticed it, with an apparent off-whitish breast and extra in depth orange on the lores/invoice base. Be nice if it stays into spring!
Probably extra stunning had been 2 Frequent Eider, a drake and a first-year, which had been initially near St Brides, drifted west, after which again east to the place we had been sat watching the King, earlier than flying east into Goultrop Roads. An incredible Eider double!
Lastly, the wing-tagged Marsh Harrier (IL) was at Marloes Mere late afternoon, a motion of 10 miles or so NW from its location at Castlemartin Corse this morning.