Saturday, 30 March 2013

29th - 30th March

More lovely weather over the last couple of days made walking round the island a real pleasure with a ringtail Hen Harrier hunting around Hooking the highlight on the 29th along with lingering waders including 49 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin and a Grey Plover. The 30th was a gorgeous, flat calm, warm day where birds included two Stonechats, three Rooks - including two which flew over very high to the south. There were counts of 16 Red-throated and 8 Great-northern Divers and a small influx of 17 Rock Pipits. Good numbers of Black-headed and Common Gulls are also now back on their territories and loudly shouting about it!

A couple of Stonechats were seen today; this is the bird which has lingered at Ancum for nearly a week, while a new individual (also a female) was near Garso in the afternoon.

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