Tuesday, 12 May 2009
8th - 11th May
Very limited coverage over past few days as most efforts were put towards helping canon netting for a colour ringing scheme on sanderling and purple sandpipers, and completing the cropping at the Observatory with a single field of kale and 2 sacrificial bird crops sown this year. 62 knot were seen on 10th and 44 dunlin were on the Links. The odd chiffchaff was noted at Holland and a single blackcap, and a marsh harrier flew north on 11th. To compensate for a lack of bird sightings 4 killer whales were seen well off the north on 9th, and on 11th an amazing pod of 15+ slowly cruised past the Observatory just offshore and along the west coast.