Saturday, 13 July 2013

12th - 13th July

Back in May we mentioned a pair of Blue-headed Wagtails that had been lingering around Ancum Loch and speculated that they could settle down and breed, well we can announce now that they did indeed successfully nest and have just fledged five chicks which are now being fed around the Loch - the first Yellow Wagtails of any flava to nest on the island!
Migrant wise, its still fairly quiet with most of our efforts concentrated on scanning through the Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Golden Plover flocks in the cut silage fields and looking through the large number of Arctic Terns around the north of the island; eight Whimbrel were new today with three Purple Sandpipers and up to 20 Bar-tailed Godwits also seen.   Other birds have been limited to an over-summering Chiffchaff and up to three Collared Doves around Holland House.

Our nesting Tysties are well into the swing of things, with this season seemingly progressing more successfully than recent years - fingers crossed that it continues!

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