Sunday, 15 November 2009
The 3 white-fronted and 9 pink-footed geese remained amongst the greylag flocks, up to 79 dunlin and 83 sanderling have been on the Links and long-eared owls were seen on 8th and 11th. Thrushes have been present in only low numbers but the 10th saw an increase in blackbirds with 89, and 6 song thrushes on 11th is the peak count during this time. 2 jackdaw and a meally redpoll were seen on and off, and a chaffinch and black redstart were present on 10th. Warblers included just the occasional chiffchaff, but 4 were logged after a small arrival on 13th, along with 5 blackcap, 18 woodcock and 12 robin. Finally on 15th the first little auk was seen at Bridesness, unfortunately being eaten by a great black-backed gull!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
A seawatch produced little more than 3 great northern divers, 5 grey heron were at Westness and the 3 white-fronted and 9 pink-footed geese were still about. 2 short-eared owl, 128 snow bunting and a brambling were at Breck, a dunnock was at Greenspot and 8 robin were logged.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Very little change with now 2 long-eared owls at Holland and a little gull at Twingness the only new birds. Also present in that area were the black redstart, grey wagtail and 2 jackdaws, whilst 8 pink-footed and 3 white-fronted geese continue to tag along with greylags by the School. 60 twite were in the bird crop by the Obs and 74 snow bunting at Sandar.
The short-toed Lark had now been joined by a woodlark at Kirbest, with 2 goldfinch there also. The long-eared owl was still in Holland, 3 white-fronted geese by the school and 2 jackdaw were noted. 81 sanderling in Nouster is the largest count for a while, 90 twite were feeding in the Obs' bird crop and a single wheatear and blackcap were seen.
The scaup remains on Gretchen Loch and dwindling thrush totals included 172 fieldfare, 5 song thrush, and 124 redwing. 2 blackcap were at Holland, 10 robin, 11 woodcock and a ring ouzel were seen and a short-toed lark was in the stubble field at Kirbest. Also of note were 18 pink-footed geese.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
A great end to the month with strong southerly winds and rain overnight dumping another batch of thrushes and some pretty unusual birds too. A great grey shrike by the Observatory was a good start to the day and the long-eared owl and little bunting were still at Holland. Unseasonal sightings included a flava wagtail on the airfield, a whinchat at Garso and a swallow at Bewan. Woodcock were still in good numbers with 39, thrushes consisted a ring ouzel, 174 blackbird, 636 fieldfare, 21 song thrush and 175 redwing. 17 robin and 5 black redstarts were noted, just a lesser whitethroat, 5 chiffchaff, a blackcap and 2 goldcrest were at Holland a scaup was on Gretchen Loch. The day finished nicely when a stunning woodlark was discovered at Westness, just the 3rd island record, the last being in March 1998.
A big clear out of thrushes but smaller migrants included 16 robin, 11 blackcap, 6 chiffchaff, and singles of dunnock, black redstart, Grey Wagtail and goldcrest. The drake green-winged teal was still on Gretchen Loch and 110 twite remained in the Ob's bird crop with a greenfinch and 2 chaffinch.