Thursday, 29 November 2012
There were a few things to report with the best birds being 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls in Nouster Bay on 29th. Also in Nouster up to 41 Dunlins, 49 Ringed Plovers and 85 Sanderlings were present throughout, with a Common Scoter offshore there, also on 29th. Wildfowl on Bewan Loch on 27th included 3 Goldeneyes and 18 Pintails, while two days later there were 17 Tufted Ducks and 8 Shovelers among commoner species on the Lochs at the south end. The same day 7 Red-throated Divers and 4 Great Northern Divers were offshore, and 103 Purple Sandpipers were at Bridesness. The majority of the Thrushes had moved on but 34 Twite in the Observatory Crop included many new individuals (many of which were trapped and ringed). Still on 29th, 7 Snow Buntings were on the beach at Hooking and 2 were seen the previous day at Bridesness during the sheep round-up.