Thursday, 5 May 2011

4th May

A small number of birds arrived in the morning, but, on the whole, it was a rather quiet day. The passerine highlights were a Wood Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, a Common Redstart and a Ring Ouzel, while other counts came to 6 Sand Martins, 46 Swallows, 3 Robins, the same Black Redstart, 91 Wheatears, the Eastern Subalpine Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Lapland Buntings. A blue morph Fulmar flew past Stromness Point, 3 Arctic Terns and 8 Whimbrels were seen, and 2 Sparrowhawks and a Peregrine were the only raptors.

A few Arctic Skuas have been present around the island in recent days.

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