Sunday, 17 August 2008
The first barred warblers of the Autumn today with a bird at Westness and another at Seness. Willow warbler numbers had increased to 15 and other new passerines included 4 garden warblers, a redstart at Holland and a whitethroat at Seness. The wood warbler was still at Twinyess and the buff-breasted sandpiper still in the South as was a kestrel, and a collared dove was seen around the island. A common tern at Bridesness was only the second record of this species this year, and 2 great northern divers were on the sea at the North end. No real change amongst the waders with 2 ruff still on Gretchen Loch, 146 knot and singles of both green sandpiper and greenshank.