Thursday, 26 May 2011

26th May

The first Icterine Warbler of the year was found in the garden at the surgery, and a 1st summer male Common Rosefinch was singing nearby. The Red-necked Phalarope and Curlew Sandpiper reappeared on Trollavatn, the Scaup was still on Gretchen Loch and the Turtle Dove was at Holland House.

A small arrival of migrant landbirds included 2 Tree Pipits, a Common Redstart, a Fieldfare, a Common Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher. The flock of 17 Pink-footed Geese remained, 6 Manx Shearwaters were seen offshore and notable wader counts included 50 Knots and 360 Ringed Plovers: the latter count is the second highest ever recorded on North Ronaldsay.

Red-necked Phalarope

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