Monday, 30 April 2012

30th April

Very calm seas were ideal for looking for divers around the coast. At least 19 Great Northern Divers were present, and soon enough a smart White-billed Diver in full summer plumage was found sitting in the sea off Tor Ness. Multiple records have occurred here in the past, and it wasn't long before another, also an adult in summer plumage, was located a bit further up the coastline.

The first 2 Great Grey Shrikes of the year also arrived: 1 was discovered near Ancum Loch, and another was near Rue at the same time. Besides these scarcities, only a small number of new birds were seen, the best of which were a Whimbrel, a Collared Dove and a Long-eared Owl. A couple of Swallows, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Goldcrests and a Siskin were seen, the Scaup was still on Gretchen Loch and the flock of Knots at Tor Ness increased to 12 birds.

Great Grey Shrike

White-billed Diver. An early contender for worst blog photo of the year.

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