Thursday, 10 May 2012

10th May

As the overall number of migrants remaining from earlier in the week continued to dwindle, there were still a few new birds to keep things interesting. The bird of the day was a raptor again. This time it was an Osprey circling far above Hooking Loch before climbing even higher and drifting off to the south. A new Wryneck was near Trollavatn, and 2 others seen on census were assumed to be lingering birds. A Black Redstart and a Short-eared Owl were also notable new sightings.

Counts of commoner migrants included an increase to 82 Swallows, 27 Tree Pipits, 25 Redstarts, 4 Whinchats, 233 Wheatears, 4 Ring Ouzels, 15 Blackcaps, 52 Willow Warblers, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Common Redpolls and a single Lapland Bunting. A Collared Dove and a Heron were fresh migrants, and at least 1 Kestrel was still around. The number of waders built yet further, and included an impressive count of 1,866 Turnstones - a new record count for the island.


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