Birdwatching on North Ronaldsay

 

Despite the very short daylight hours and the often slightly inclement weather, winter birding on North Ronaldsay can be very productive and enjoyable with huge numbers of Gulls and waders feeding on the deep banks of washed up seaweed around the coast; these flocks often contain visitors from further north with Iceland Gulls and Glaucous Gulls regular in amongst the big numbers of Herring, Common and Great Black-backed Gulls.   On the shore, Turnstone, Purple Sandpipers and Sanderling are the most numerous waders at this time while in the fields, flocks of Golden Plover, Lapwings and Snipe feed, often flushed by a Hen Harrier, Peregrine or Merlin zooming around causing panic in the foraging Gulls and waders.


<span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman',Times,serif;">Despite the </span>very short daylight hours and the often slightly inclement weather, winter birding on North Ronaldsay can be very productive and enjoyable with huge numbers of Gulls and waders feeding on the deep banks of washed up seaweed around the coast; these flocks often contain visitors from further north with Iceland Gulls and Glaucous Gulls regular in amongst the big numbers of Herring, Common and Great Black-backed Gulls.   On the shore, Turnstone, Purple Sandpipers and Sanderling are the most numerous waders at this time while in the fields, flocks of Golden Plover, Lapwings and Snipe feed, often flushed by a Hen Harrier, Peregrine or Merlin zooming around causing panic in the foraging Gulls and waders.</span>