Friday, 9 September 2011

9th September

An early vigil from the seawatching hide, hoping that the impressive number of seabirds that have been passing the south and west coasts of Britain might have finally made their way around to North Ronaldsay, eventually produced a Great Shearwater, but numbers of the commoner species were fairly average: 533 Fulmars, 47 Sooty Shearwaters and 18 Manx Shearwaters passed by. On land, the first Snow Bunting of the autumn was the highlight, while the Lapland Bunting count increased to 28. A Reed Warbler was discovered at Ancum Loch, while a new Willow Warbler and the remaining Barred Warbler were also logged.

Snow Bunting

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