Saturday, 2 August 2008
The PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was still present early morning near Holland, with a few new migrants including crossbill and grey heron in the South and singles of swift, merlin and sparrowhawk in the North. An exciting start to the afternoon involved a 1st winter CITRINE WAGTAIL heard flying over North Manse and seen heading towards Ancum, rather mobile but thankfully rather vocal the bird was tracked before settling and showing well behind Sangar. Whilst in search of the previous, 3 water rails and a flava wagtail were flushed from Ancum Loch, where a sand martin was feeding with swallows. Gretchen Loch hosted the majority of wader interest with a green sandpiper, 4 greenshank and a ruff. Elsewhere a new chiffchaff was at Holland, 11 whimbrel by Purtabreck and the fieldfare was on the airstrip. In an hours seawatch 789 puffin flew west.