Tuesday, 2 August 2011
A Quail heard singing from somewhere near Cruesbreck was probably the same bird that was heard there on a couple of occasions in July. The Green Sandpiper was back on its favourite muddy pool at Kirbest, while numbers of other waders included 563 Golden Plovers, 364 Turnstones, 241 Oystercatchers, 39 Dunlins and 37 Knots. A Swift was hunting over Ancum Loch, and the first Garden Warbler - in fact, the first warbler of any kind - of the autumn was the highlight of an evening mist-netting session. A further increase in the number of Arctic Terns took the total present at the north end of the island to over 4000, many of them roosting just offshore on Seal Skerry.