Tuesday, 7 June 2011

7th June

Further light easterly winds produced a classic late spring one-bird day. Hardly any new small migrants were found at all, except for a Blyth's Reed Warbler that spent the day singing at Holland House. This is the tenth record of the species on North Ronaldsay (although 2 from autumn 2010 are still awaiting official acceptance from the rarities comittee), and only the second ever in spring.

Blyth's Reed Warbler

A Quail singing near the school and a female Scaup (a different individual to the recent long-staying bird) on Ancum Loch were the best of the day's other sightings. The Taiga Bean Goose was still near Hooking Loch and 5 Pink-footed Geese were also present. The Reed Warbler and the Garden Warbler remained; 5 Collared Doves, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskins were seen; and 4 Grey Herons were around Ancum Loch.

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